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1901-02 Lahun (Faiyum)

Type of fieldwork: 
Excavation
Season summary: 

The excavations were sponsored by the Graeco-Roman branch and thus were concerned with recovering papyri from the Graeco-Roman period rather than objects or material from different time periods. 

Grenfell and Hunt heard that tombs with crocodile mummies had been uncovered and these burials had proved at Khamsin and at Umm el-Baragat to have a significant amount of papyri associated with them. The cemetery located to the north of the pyramid contained late Ptolemiac and early Roman Period crocodile mummies. They note a piece of welded glass with inlaid patterns and some sticks where the measurements of the crocodiles had been marked.

The excavators also investigated the Ptolemaic cemetery located on the west and south side of the hill- where the temple is located. The excavators note that the cartonnage from the south cemetery was degraded by damp but they were able to salvage some papyri from west side burials. 

Relevant archive holdings: 
London, Lucy Gura Archive, Egypt Exploration Society
Relevant publications: 

Grenfell, Bernard P. and Arthur S. Hunt 1902. Graeco-Roman branch. Archaeological Report (Egypt Exploration Fund) (1901-1902), 2-5.

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