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Measurements of an irrigation cistern: Seventh century AD?

A complete text exhibiting a script which is comparatively rare in the collection. It may well belong to the seventh century, not long before the Arab conquest of Egypt.

The text records the dimensions and then the capacity of excavations in preparation for the construction of a water tank which would probably have been stone-lined and vaulted; a sum in gold follows, presumably the payment for the digging work.

In course of publication: exhibited in the exhibition in facsimile.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol.LXVI no.4537