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Priceless rubbish (page 3 of 7)
The town dumps of ancient Oxyrhynchus remained intact right up to the late nineteenth century. They didnt look exciting, just a series of mounds covered with drifting sand. But they offered ideal conditions for preservation. In this part of Egypt it never rains; perishables which are above the reach of ground water will survive. In the dumps was something which the famous sites of classical Greece and Italy could not preserve: papyrus, the ancient equivalent of paper.
The rubbish mounds of Oxyrhynchus