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The University of Michigan Excavation of Karanis (1924–1935)

T. G. Wilfong

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571451
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199571451.013.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 The University of Michigan Excavation of Karanis (1924–1935)

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This article presents a small sampling of unpublished material from the Kelsey Museum archives relating to the Michigan excavation of Karanis and its finds in the form of a photographic essay. It offers images consisting of field photography of the site as well as staged photographs of artefacts. Most of the latter were made for the purposes of the division of finds, intended for the extensive 'Division Albums' that remain such an important resource for the study of the Karanis material, documenting as they do the artefacts that came to Michigan, as well as those that stayed in Egypt, in something close to their original condition at discovery. The photographs were chosen for what they illustrate about daily life at Karanis and also for what they show of the processes and challenges of the archaeological excavation of the site.

Keywords: Michigan excavation; Karanis; photographic essay; photographs; archaeological sites; artefacts

Article.  5709 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East ; Egyptian Archaeology ; Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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