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Diary Transcription:

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[Friday, January 12, through Wednesday, January 17, 1940 incorporated from part of last page of diary]

Friday, January 12, 1940

1) schedule of work (each day, general plan of activity) made out. 7:30 - 9:30 Title work and actual writing.
9:30 - 3:00 Vol. II Editing, and figure preparation. Diary write up and object register preparation and filing of sheets of collation, tomb-title analysis etc. i.e. ordering of previous days notations.
3:00 - 5:00 In field. 5:00 - 10:00 writing, photographs, etc.

1) Further study of G 7000 X diary, to understand system, and noting locus of margin restorable objects.
2) On [TRANSLITERATION] section of Vol. II, editing.
3) Preliminary ordering of first 1940 objects for object register.

Saturday, January 13, 1940
Day of rest.

Sunday, January 14, 1940

Morning, busy with shihada of Mohammed Nur, out of work boab of the German Institute. At work not early, because of late theatre (2 a.m. before sleep) with Mrs. Reisner. Fraü Spalding and Mrs. Reid, wife of the Air Vice Marshall of Aden, and Bessit and Chick were taken down to G 7530, and shown Neith pattern and vulture from G 7000 X, now ready for Ahmed Youssef.
Afternoon, at work on the complicated inscription from G 2391.

Monday, January 15, 1940

At work on G 2391, finishing it. Ahmed Youssef comes, and we together look over the G 7000 X Neith pattern, vulture and bead necklace. Evelyn taken ill, so I work with Dr. of cemetery G 2074-98 inscriptions (Evening, drinks with Lady Mitchell, Dinner, Joan Votsek.)

Tuesday, January 16, 1940

Continue working with Dr. on G 2000 inscriptions. He takes all day, especially G 2098 and G 2091.

Wednesday, January 17, 1940

Morning with Dr. finishing G 2000 inscriptions, especially G 2091. Flax and wheat harvest. Rest of day on Lepsius and Wreszinski, getting collection of types of scene details.

Thursday, January 18, 1940

Wreszinski and Lepsius, getting types of scene details. Lettuce [ILLUSTRATION], onion [ILLUSTRATION], melon, meat pieces. Afternoon off. (Joan Votsek)

Friday, January 19, 1940

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Details

  • 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
    01/12/1940 through 01/19/1940
  • Mentioned on page
    "Chick" Austin
    (Karl) Richard Lepsius, German, 1810–1884
    Ahmed Yusef Mustapha (Effendi)
    Bessit
    Evelyn Esther Perkins, British
    Frau Spaulding
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Joan Votsek
    Lady Mitchell
    Mohammed Nur
    Mrs. Mary Reisner, American
    Mrs. Reid
    Walter Wreszinski, German, 1880–1935
    Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)
  • Author
    Francis Olcott Allen

Tombs and Monuments 6

Photos 1

People 15

Ancient People

  • Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Wife of King Snefru, founder of Egypt’s Fourth Dynasty, and mother of King Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid. Her burial was hidden in a secret chamber (labeled G 7000 X) nearly 90 feet underground, and contained beautiful pieces of gilded and inlaid wooden furniture, silver jewelry, and a large alabaster sarcophagus that was found to be mysteriously empty.

Modern People

  • "Chick" Austin

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Visitor
  • (Karl) Richard Lepsius

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates German, 1810–1884
    • Remarks Egyptologist. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Ahmed Yusef Mustapha (Effendi)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Chief restorer of the Egyptian Department of Antiquities at the Cairo Museum. Restorer of Hetepheres' furniture and Khufu's boat.
  • Bessit

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Expedition worker at Giza.
  • Evelyn Esther Perkins

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British
    • Remarks Secretary to George Reisner
  • Francis Olcott Allen

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

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • 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.
  • Joan Votsek

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Lady Mitchell

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Mohammed Nur

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Mrs. Mary Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American
    • Remarks Wife of Dr. George Reisner, mother of Miss Mary Reisner.
  • Mrs. Reid

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Wife of the Air Vice Marshall of Aden
  • Walter Wreszinski

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates German, 1880–1935
    • Remarks Egyptologist. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.