Where Were The Elephantine Papyri Found?

The below image, taken from this book, says it all. It is the only image of the excavations in Elephantine Island’s Aramaic Quarter I have found so far.


The above plan (significantly distorted), overlaid on satellite imagery from Google Earth:
Apparently, judging from Figure 5 of the above-linked to book, Site k is the House of Mahseiah and the Temple of YHW is located below and/or to the Southeast of the Roman Temenos wall (the “Khnum Temple Enclosure Wall” in the above image). Most Elephantine papyri were, according to pages 91, 102, and 263 of the above-linked-to Porten book, found in House m.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

One thought on “Where Were The Elephantine Papyri Found?”

  1. I think I have some pictures of the area that I took when we were there. Bietak was there at the time and pointed us around, but from the ground the place looks like a jumbled mess, like a child took wood blocks and emptied a box of them on the ground, except its large stones…

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