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Monday, September 25, 1939

Dr. Reisner has decided to begin small clearing operations on the mastaba needed to complete the map of the south end of the Echelon cemetery. We shall begin work on Wednesday morning on the small mastabas east of G 2160, namely G 2165, G 2166, G 2167.

[margin note: Inscriptions
Work on:
(1) G 1011
(2) G 1047]

Today in the early evening I worked on the old problem of the drum of the stele in G 1011 and made a fresh copy of the fading painted inscription on the stele of G 1047.

[margin note: (1) G 1011]
The left (west) end of the G 1011 drum, which had been so puzzling since it apparently bore the title [TRANSLITERATION]-priest, impossible for so small a mastaba, now appears to be without doubt the name [TRANSLITERATION] [GLYPHS] [Sedjemu], and the whole text reads [TRANSLITERATION].
For hand copy, see tomb card.

[margin note: (2) G 1047]
The fresh copy of the stele G 1047 revealed a new title for the owner [TRANSLITERATION] [Niankhmin], on the inner south frame panel. The title [TRANSLITERATION] on the cross bar and on panel I-N (North back of outer niche) is certain. For copy see tomb card.

Tuesday, September 26, 1939

[margin note: G 1206]
Field collation. Drum of G 1206. See tomb card.

In field, everyday, 3:00 - 4:30
1. Descriptions of mastabas in Field Book
2. Card for Each Object
3. In Diary, Each object on day of Discovery (and enter here all other days when Mohammed Discusses them.
4. In Diary - enter the Field observations
5. Collections - and int. Diary

Day Book, at back of Diary
All FOA Daily work

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  • Classification
    Documentation-Expedition diary pages
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Display Page Dates
    09/25/1939; 09/26/1939
  • Mentioned on page
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]
    Niankhmin (G 1047)
    Sedjemu (G 1011)
  • Author
    Francis Olcott Allen

Tombs and Monuments 8

People 5

Ancient People

  • Niankhmin (G 1047)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 1047. False door inscribed (in red paint) for Niankhmin, identified as [Hm-nTr nTrjswt-mnkAwHr Hm-nTr mnswt-n(j)wsrra jmj-r njwt mAwt] priest of the pyramid of Menkauhor, priest of the pyramid of Niuserre, overseer of the new settlements; in situ in G 1047.
  • Sedjemu (G 1011)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 1011. Drum lintel inscribed for Sedjemu, identified as [rx nswt sHD nxt-xrw n pr-HD jrj wDA nbw] royal acquaintance, inspector of the strong-of-voice of the treasury, keeper of the storehouse of gold; in situ in G 1011, entrance of corridor b.

Modern People

  • Francis Olcott Allen

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Archaeologist/Egyptologist for the Harvard University--Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1867–1942
    • Remarks Egyptologist, archaeologist; Referred to as "the doctor" and "mudir" (Arabic for "director") in the excavation records. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1936–1939. Son of Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Head Reis 1908-1926) and brother of Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Translator) and Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]. Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.