Clarence Stanley Fisher was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was a graduate of the school of architecture, University of Pennsylvania, but devoted his subsequent career to Near Eastern archaeology. He was assigned to Egypt, where he worked under George Reisner.
On January 31, 1915 in conjunction with the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Expedition at Giza, interesting examples of a “rishi” type coffin were excavated by Clarence S. Fisher for the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. The fragments were part of a badly decomposed coffin found in a burial site. Fisher records his excavation of the area in his notes as:
Sunday, January 31, 1915
…..Work on pits A, B, C, D of 3041, a stone mastaba. Clearing out limestone debris from A and sand from B, C, and D. In B a burial was uncovered…..