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  • Excavator
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • PorterMoss Date
    Dynasty 6
  • Site Type
    Stone-built mastaba
  • Shafts
    G 2450 A; G 2450 B; G 2450 C; G 2450 D
  • Remarks
    There has been a great deal of confusion regarding the shafts between G 2391 and G 2450. According to unpublished manuscript page HUMFA_GN2_K12_p176, there are four shafts: (from S to N) G 2452 A, G 2389 A and B, and G 2391 X (see plan HUMFA_EG000498). However, according to the sketch plan on diary page HUMFA_Vol.04.p.062, there are only three shafts: (from S to N) G 2389 A and B, and G 2452 A. This plan seems to bear closer relation to what is visible in photos HUMFA_A816_NS, PDM_1993.117.35, and PDM_2011.01.17_254. If this is to be believed, the shaft labeled “G 2452 A” on HUMFA_EG000498 is actually G 2389 A; the shaft labeled “G 2389 A” does not exist, the shaft labeled “G 2389 B” is correct, and the shaft labeled “[G 2391] X” is actually G 2452 A. On plan HUMFA_EG023521, the southernmost shaft is labeled “G 2379 A”; this is incorrect, G 2379 A being a larger shaft located further to the SW, inside G 2379 proper. The two central shafts are labeled G 2389 A and B; G 2389 B seems to be correct, but there is no shaft visible in the alleged location of G 2389 A in photographs (see above). This plan does not show the northernmost shaft, which is hypothetically G 2452 A. G 2452 A (which was originally numbered G 2450 Y, see photo HUMFA_C5215_NS) contained a skeleton (see photo HUMFA_C5298_NS). This is perhaps PMAE_59280 (provenance listed in Peabody records and on packing list page HUMFA_PL1428 as “G 2450 X”), but this is far from certain. To summarize: the location of G 2389 B is consistent across all documentation, but G 2389 A and G 2452 A could each be either the northernmost or the southernmost shaft. Meanwhile, the shaft labeled “G 2389 A” on plans HUMFA_EG000498 and HUMFA_023521 is not visible in photographs of the area, and may or may not exist.

Finds 3

Excavation Diary Pages 4

Maps & Plans 12

Published Documents 4

Unpublished Documents 17

Full Bibliography

  • Lehmann, Katja. Der Serdab in den Privatgräbern des Alten Reiches 1-3. Ph.D. Dissertation, Universität Heidelberg, 2000, Kat. G149.

    Porter, Bertha, and Rosalind L.B. Moss. Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings 3: Memphis (Abû Rawâsh to Dahshûr). Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1931. 2nd edition. 3: Memphis, Part 1 (Abû Rawâsh to Abûsîr), revised and augmented by Jaromír Málek. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1974, p. 95.

People 1

Modern People

  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Excavator
    • 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.