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Sunday, January 21, 1940 (continued)

(5) G 5233
G 5233 O: Removed the inscribed tablet of "[TRANSLITERATION]" (?) [40-1-5a, Tjena] which was found fallen in this shaft. (See Arabic Diary December 31st). 40-1-5a

[margin note: G 5233 O
Inscribed tablet]

G 5233 P: Removed the inscribed drum [40-1-4], built into east lining of shaft.

[margin note: G 5233 P
Drum [GLYPHS] [Tjena]]

(6) G 5243
G 5243 X: Removed the inscribed stone which was built into this shaft.

[margin note: G 5243 X
"boat" stone 40-1-15]

Monday, January 22, 1940

Work on:
(1) G 2392
(2) temp G 2440

(1) G 2392
G 2392 C: Removed the inscribed stones 40-1-12 (see January 21)

(2) Temp G 2440
On top of mastaba. Exposed seven shafts debris sand, ruksh (limestone debris), rubble and big stones. Two limestone stelae appeared in east wall (uninscribed), one at south and one at north.

Tuesday, January 23, 1940
Day of rest.

Wednesday, January 24, 1940

Work on:
(1) G 2401, temp G 2440

(1) Exposing the east wall. Debris, sand, ruksh, rubble. Foundation on east. Not yet visible.

Thursday, January 25, 1940

Work on:
(1) east of G 2440

(1) East of G 2440
Clearing debris of sand, ruksh, rubble, big stones to east of G 2440. Exposed a stone chapel, with stele at south end of west wall. To the north of the chapel a stone wall, probably east wall of a mastaba, given the number G 2438. Railway shifted to south of G 2438 to expose south wall.

Friday, January 26, 1940

Work on:
(1) 2438

(1) 2438
Exposing the walls of the structure given the number G 2438. The chapel and construction to north of it now appear to be a single mastaba with interior chapel at south end, unusual in that the west wall of the chapel is also the west wall of the mastaba at the south end.
Objects found in debris over the chapel.
1. nearly complete pottery jar, with trace of red paint [ILLUSTRATION]
2. fitting fragments of a second jar [ILLUSTRATION]
3. Painted Wooden Face (late)

[margin note: G 2438 objects:
2 pots, 1 wood face]

Saturday, January 27, 1940

Work on:
(1) G 2396 A
(2) G 2438

(1) G 2396
G 2396 A: Removed the inscribed stone built into the shaft (January 21, see).

(2) G 2438
Exposing the walls of mastaba. Debris, sand, ruksh rubble and big stones.

Sunday, January 28, 1940

[margin note:
Work on:
(1) G 2440
(2) G 2438]

(1) G 2440
Exposing foundations of east wall. Outer wall of stone has two stelae, inner wall is of rubble coated with mud. North and south walls not yet exposed. Wall of the core sand, ruksh, rubble and big stones.

(2) G 2438
Clearing walls.

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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
    01/21/1940 through 01/28/1940
  • Author
    Francis Olcott Allen
  • Mentioned on page
    Tjena (Tjena)

Tombs and Monuments 7

  • G 2392

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2396

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2401

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2438

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2440

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5233

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5243

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 2

Ancient People

  • Tjena (Tjena)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of Tjena (unnumbered mastaba excavated by Junker). Limestone standing statue (Cairo JE 45106) inscribed for Tjena, identified as [Hm-nTr HwtHr] priest of Hathor; found in upper niche of S 832 (western shaft) in mastaba of Tjena. Probable owner of limestone false door tablet (40-1-5a) and fragments (40-1-5b, 40-1-5c); tablet inscribed for Tjena, identified as [xnw n HwtHr] musician of Hathor; all found displaced in G 5233 O (tablet 40-1-5a reused in east wall). Probable owner of limestone drum lintel (40-1-4) inscribed for Tjena, identified as [rx nswt Hm-nTr HwtHr nbt nht] royal acquaintance, priest of Hathor Mistress-of-the-Sycamore; found displaced in G 5233 P (reused in east wall).

Modern People

  • Francis Olcott Allen

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