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Ostracon, fragment (two pieces joined) of the body of a red-brown pottery vessel, the fabric is partially grey in section, the interior is covered with traces of a dark-brown resinous deposit, the exterior is grooved in a number of places, covered with a red-brown slip and remains of sixteen lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing part of a letter.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 103 millimetres (max)
- Width: 91 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationRemains of sixteen lines of Coptic text written in black ink.
Inscription TranslationTranslation by W.E. Crum: ". . .] all the night, they being [unable ? to] come forth from the [...] the gate (and) unable [to remain?] there; and they were disquiet[ed. And ]so the dux sent them southward, (saying), Let each one remain at his gate. And send out, so that we may arrange the matter of the ship; for we have given our hand to the little brothers that we would come today and pay a solidus. Give it to my father, Apa Justus, from John, his son." [Note by J. Cromwell: 'solidus' in the text is rendered as 'holokottinos', i.e. the principal gold coin of the period.]
fair (two piece joined)
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 102 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA60812
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