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- DescriptionThe 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 Such projects include new work on kwn artifacts and papyri, the discovery or rediscovery of important unpublished artifacts and archival sources, new field research at Karanis, and even sonic investigations of the site and its history.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.
- Author BiographyT. 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.
- PublisherKelsey Museum of Archaeology
- Date of Publication01/06/2014
- SubjectHistory: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleKelsey Museum Publications
- Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintKelsey Museum of Archaeology
- Weight576 g
- Width216 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byAndrew W. S. Ferrara,T. G. Wilfong
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