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The Finds of Papyri: The Archaeology of Papyrology

Hélène Cuvigny

in The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199843695
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199843695.013.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

The Finds of Papyri: The Archaeology of Papyrology

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From the first Fayyum find until the First World War, the period of miraculous discoveries lasted barely forty years. In the present era of slavery to the mass media, A. S. Hunt was right in noting that the benefactors and institutions that provide financial support do not have an understanding of archaeology much different from that of the nineteenth century. Treasure hunting and necrophilia are still the order of the day. It is better to find a royal mummy than a papyrus and better to find a papyrus than domestic garbage, however great its informational value. Except for the special case of the Eastern Desert, it is no longer possible to be sure where to look in order to find texts, but it is still quite possible that extended excavation of what is left of urban conglomerates will produce impressive finds.

Keywords: Greek papyri; First World War; archaeology; treasure hunting; necrophilia; papyri deposits; A. S. Hunt

Article.  11224 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Papyrology ; Historical Archaeology

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