1902-03 Oxyrhynchus

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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.

The excavators returned to the Faiyum in February after surveying and excavating on the eastern bank of the Nile to investigate areas which had only been partially excavated in 1897 on account of time and modern cemeteries overlaying the ancient mounds. They were able to excavate a wide variety of documentary and literary papyri from the classical and late antique periods. As inscribed material is of chief interest to the Graeco-Roman branch, they note a lead magical tablet (now in Cairo), wooden tablets, an inscribed glass fragment, wooden and limestone stamps, and inscribed amphorae. Other objects found include: coins, Roman tokens, coin dies, glass vessels, terracotta figures,  large bronze vessel decorated with a Gorgon head, glass tesserae, stone vessels, a stone head of Horus, ivory inlays, glass beads, amulets, rings, pens, dice, implements in wood, bronze, and ivory and several loaves of bread. 

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

Catalogue of Egyptian antiquities : found by Prof. Flinders Petrie at Abydos and Drs Grenfell and Hunt at El Hibeh, Oxyrhynchus, &c. (Egypt Exploration Fund) and drawings from the Osireion (Egyptian Research Account), 1903; exhibited at University College, Gower Street, London, July 1st to 25th. 1903. London.

Grenfell, Bernard P. and Arthur S. Hunt 1903. Graeco-Roman branch. Excavations at Hibeh, Cynopolis and Oxyrhynchus. Archaeological Report (Egypt Exploration Fund) (1902-1903), 1-9.

Johnson, William A. 2012. The Oxyrhynchus distributions in America: papyri and ethics. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 49, 209-222.

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