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Starting in 1902, a joint expedition of Harvard University and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts took over the excavation of Giza. For 23 years they methodically cleared and documented the area. On the 9th of March, 1925, while the leader of the expedition, George Reisner, was back in the US, the staff photographer noticed a patch of plaster where he was expecting limestone.

Under the direction of Ahmed Said, Reisner's head rais, they cleared the area and removed the plaster, revealing a deep shaft. They dug down 85 feet before reaching a masonry wall which, when penetrated revealed a jumble of grave goods including a white alabaster sarcophagus, gold encased rods used to frame a canopy or tent, gold, wood furniture, and more. Using binoculars and mirrors, Battiscombe Gunn identified an inscription identifying Sneferu.

But this, contrary to newspaper reports at the time, only meant that the owner of the tomb had lived during the reign of Sneferu.


Ankhnesmeryre Huni Kawab (G 7110-7120) Khufu Meresankh III (G 7530-7540) Snefru
George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
Shafts only (no superstructure)
Hetepheres I
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