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The Graeco-Roman Branch

Excavations underway on the settlement mound of Oxyrhynchus

Expeditions in 1893-97 by Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt to Graeco-Roman sites in the Fayyum and at Oxyrhynchus led to the foundation of the Graeco-Roman Branch to excavate and publish Greek and Roman documents found in Egypt. Between 1898 and 1907 Grenfell and Hunt spent virtually every winter in Egypt excavating, and brought back thousands of fragments of papyri, the publication of which still engages the time and effort of many scholars. 1998, the centenary of the first publication of this work, was marked by a British Academy symposium whose papers have been published as GRM 93 (2007) Oxyrhynchus: a City and its Texts.

The Society is still the proud owner of many of the fragments of papyri discovered by Grenfell and Hunt, which are today curated at the University of Oxford. Further information about the papyri and the Graeco-Roman Branch can be found here

Daniela Colomo, Research Officer of the Oxyrhynchus Project Oxford in the papyrology rooms


The Delta and Deir el-Bahari Tell el-Amarna
The Archaeological Survey Nubia
The Graeco-Roman Branch Saqqara and Memphis
Abydos and Armant Further information

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