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Oxyrhynchus: A City and its Texts, Virtual Exhibition: The Site

Bahnasa: view north along the Bahr Yussuf canal: 1897

The modern village of el-Bahnasa (ancient Oxyrhynchus) is stretched along the west bank of the Bahr Yussuf, ‘Joseph’s Canal’, actually not a canal but a natural branch of the Nile. It is now linked by a bridge to the modern village of Sandafa (ancient Sintabo?), once subordinate but now much larger than Bahnasa. There was no bridge here in ancient times, crossing the ‘canal’ being by ferryboat only.