Papyrus Discovery Update (fwd)

From: Jeffrey Gibson (
Date: Tue Feb 03 1998 - 22:30:11 EST

Members of the list may already be aware of what is noted below.
But I am forwarding an already forwarded message in case this is not so,
knowing that the information will be of interest.

Jeffrey Gibson

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Date: Tue, 03 Feb 1998 21:26:31 AST
From: Tom Simms <>
Subject: Papyrus Discovery Update

This COULD be BIG News in time... I may know some of the people on the

From: David Meadows <dmeadows@IDIRECT.COM>
Subject: Re: papyrus discovery

This is probably the discovery Tom Simms was asking about ...


The Toronto Star had the following this past Sunday:

CAIRO (AP) --Canadian archeologists have unearthed about 2,000 papyrus
scrolls that date to the era when ancient Rome ruled Egypt, says the
country's chief archeologist.
"It is the most important find of papyrus belonging to the Roman and
Greek periods in decades," Gaballah Ali Gaballah said yesterday.
Gaballah, head of the supreme council for antiquities, said the scrolls
were found in Egypt's Western Desert.
They date to the fourth century or earlier and provide information
about the political and social life of the period, Gaballah said.
He said the scrolls were in good shape.
Canadian and Egyptian archeologists said earlier this month they had
unearthed a Roman town built during the reign of Emperor Nero in an area
called Esment el-Kharab, near the Dakhla oasis, 550 kilometres southwest
of Cairo.
Nero ruled from A.D. 54 to 68.
Egypt was a Roman province from about 30 B.C. to A.D. 395, when
Byzantine rule began and continued to A.D. 640.
Gaballah said that some of the scrolls are religious documents that
could shed light on early Christianity.
In announcing the discovery of the town, Egyptian antiquities officials
said a four-year excavation had uncovered homes, the remains of a temple
to the the local god Tutu and numerous stone carvings.

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