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Karanis Revealed
Discovering the Past and Present of a Michigan Excavation in Egypt

Edited by T. G. Wilfong and Andrew W.S. Ferrara

Karanis Revealed
Paperback, 200 pages £20.00
Published: 2014
ISBN: 9780974187396
Format: 216mm x 216mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Egyptology, Kelsey Museum Publications
Series: Kelsey Museum Publications

The 1924-1935 University of Michigan excavations at the Graeco-Roman period Egyptian village of Karanis yielded thousands of artifacts and extensive archival records of their context. The Karanis material in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Library Papyrology Collection forms a unique body of information for understanding life in an agricultural village in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. In 2011 and 2012, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology presented the exhibition Karanis Revealed in two parts, using artifacts from the excavations and archival material to explore aspects of the site and its excavation in the 1920s and 1930s. As preparation for the exhibition progressed, it became clear that part of the story of the Michigan Karanis expedition lay in the current and ongoing research on the material it yielded by curators, faculty, staff, and students from the University of Michigan. Such projects include new work on known artifacts and papyri, the discovery or rediscovery of important unpublished artifacts and archival sources, new field research at Karanis, and even sonic investigations of the site and its history. The present volume summarizes the recent exhibition and presents some of the new research that helped inspire it.



Karanis in the Kelsey Museum Archives (Sebastián Encina)

Notes on Three Archival Sources for the Michigan Karanis Excavations: The Record of Objects Books, the Division Albums, and the Peterson Manuscript (T. G. Wilfong)

Silent Movies from the Michigan Expedition to Egypt (T. G. Wilfong)

The Michigan Papyrology Collection and Karanis (Adam P. Hyatt)

Karanis Findspots and Stratigraphy (Thomas Landvatter)

Karanis Revealed: Artifacts from the Exhibition (T. G. Wilfong and Andrew W. S. Ferrara)

A Leather Cuirass Discovered at Karanis, Fayum, Egypt from the Late 3rd and Early 4th Centuries AD (Andrew W. S. Ferrara)

Examination and Conservation Treatment of a Roman Leather Cuirass in the Collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (Claudia Chemello)

A Skeleton from the Michigan Karanis Excavation (Thomas Landvatter)

The Granary C123 Sealings from Karanis (Jennifer Gates-Foster)

A Rediscovered Agricultural Hinterland of Karanis (R. James Cook)

Excavating the Karanis Archives and Finding Magic in the Kelsey Museum (Andrew T. Wilburn)

The Karanis Housing Project: A New Approach to an Old Excavation (Andrew T. Wilburn, R. James Cook, and Jennifer Gates-Foster)

The Threshold Papyri from Karanis (W. Graham Claytor)

Reconstructing the Contexts of a Greek Musical Papyrus from Karanis (Rebecca A. Sears)

The Sonic Landscape of Karanis: Excavating the Sounds of a Village in Roman Egypt (T. G. Wilfong)

Listening to Karanis: The Mer-Wer Remix Project (John Kannenberg)



'This volume provides an important reminder that good record-keeping is of vital importance to modern excavation to allow future generations of researchers to contribute to the study of archaeology.' (Bethany Simpson, Bryn Mawr Classical Review , May 2015)

T. G. Wilfong is Curator for Graeco-Roman Egypt at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan. He has curated several exhibitions and has lectured and published widely on a range of topics relating to ancient Egypt. His most recent book is Life, Death, and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt: The Djehutymose Coffin in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (2013). He is currently preparing a Kelsey Museum exhibition on ancient Egyptian jackal gods and working on his next book, Egyptian Anxieties.

Andrew W. S. Ferrara is Assistant Curator: Collections Management at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland, UK. He holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, and M.A.s from the University of York and the University of Leicester. In addition to Karanis Revealed, he worked on the two-part exhibition Vaults of Heaven: Visions of Byzantium and other displays and projects at the Kelsey Museum. His research interests include the early medieval and Viking world, and he is currently working on an investigation of late Roman military equipment.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 200 pages
 216mm x 216mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, HIS002030, SOC003000
 Kelsey Museum Publications


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