1898-99 Kasr el-Banat (Faiyum)

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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.

Excavations at the site started on December 9, picked because it was a known source of papyri. Papyri was recovered from domestic contexts, particularly noteworthy are the personal records of Lucius Bellenus Gemellus, a wealthy Roman citizen. Other finds included domestic articles in a variety of materials, ostraca, coins, and pottery. Areas of the temple that had not been excavated by the locals were cleared and more papyri was recovered, espeically notable was a pot which contained a bronze incence burner and other implements. The excavators only note that the results in the cemetery were poor. 

Relevant archive holdings: 
London, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Relevant publications: 

Grenfell, Bernard P. and Arthur S. Hunt 1899. Graeco-Roman branch: excavations for papyri in the Fayum; the position of Lake Moeris. Archaeological Report (Egypt Exploration Fund) (1898-1899), 8-15.

Additional archive material: 
London, Lucy Gura Archive, Egypt Exploration Society
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