Ostracon, fragment of the body of a red-brown ribbed pottery vessel, fabric is grey-black in section, interior covered with a dark-brown resinous deposit, exterior covered with a red-brown slip, which has flaked away in places, with faint traces of at least ten lines of Coptic text written in black ink, containing a portion of a letter.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 176 millimetres (max)
- Width: 159 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationFaint traces of at least ten lines of Coptic text written in black ink.
Inscription TranslationTranslation by W.E. Crum: "Take the potsherds of the camelherds to master Sarapion and learn what they are (worth) to you. Give it to my brother Papnoute the steward, from Enoch, his father. And leave them in the place you told me of."
fair (exterior worn)
24 April 2002
Examine surface. Remove salts and relay fragments, consolidate and desalinate if necessary.
Spoiling and lamenating extensively, salts covering the entire surface. Script completely hidden, obscured.
Soluble salts removed with soft sable brush. The harder core of the salt pillars removed wih a scalpel. Consolidated lifting fragments 5% and 10% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone applied with a micropipette. Consolidated lifting and lamenating areas with very thin sheet of Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) inserted into gap. Acetone applied to soften resin and slight pressure applied to obtain adhesion. Object completely immersed in tap water. Wash water changed on a daily basis when possible. Conductivity readings taken of both the tap water and the wash water. DATE WASH X10-4 TAP WATER measured in siemens 10-5/10-4 060302 5.1x10-4 070302 81.9x10-4 5.2x10-4 200302 41.6x10-4 5.4x10-4 210302 7.1x10-4 5,4x10-4 270302 8.6x10-4 5.4x10-4
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- O.Sarga 95 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
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Object reference number: YCA59164
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