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Oxyrhynchus: A City and its Texts, Virtual Exhibition: A Millenium of Documents

Arabic papyri and paper fragments

The site has produced substantial quantities of written Arabic material, although the Oxyrhynchus collection does not contain as much of this as it might have done, because Grenfell and Hunt were concerned with the classical period and therefore aborted excavation in areas that were proving to contain only Islamic rubbish. None of this material has been published; a preliminary inspection suggested dates ranging from the late 9th century to the 15th century AD. Since the site has not produced a Greek papyrus that clearly postdates the 640s (the period of the Arab invasion), this suggests a period of more than two centuries during which the site was not occupied.

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