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Artefact ID200
TM IDTM 85898
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumTablet
Text contentDocumentary

P.KellisCopt. I 47 (P.Kellis V)

Business account in Coptic (L) on a wooden board mentioning names and outstanding sums or things to be given to people, plus items said to be made into an agape for the person, texts sound generally more like a will or testament than a buisness account, see the phrase "If anything happens to me, …" in lines 16-17 (MM); text on one side only, traces of ink on other side, broken into two pieces

Selection criteria-
Date from355
Date to360
Dating criteria

Archaeological context, possible connection to Makarios dossier

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 3, deposit 3

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 47

Inv. Nr. A/4/197

EAO Nr. 1876

Current location unknown, due to registration number probably SCA storage


Editio princeps

• Gardner, Iain, Alcock, Anthony & Funk, Wolf-Peter. 1999. Coptic Documentary Texts from Kellis I P. Kell. V (P. Kell. Copt. 10–52; O. Kell. Copt. 1–2), Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monograph 9. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 263-266 & pl. 39.

Additional Bibliography

• Choat, Malcolm. 2006. Belief and Cult in Fourth-Century Papyri, Studia Antiqua Australiensia 1. Turnhout: Brepols.

• Choat, Malcolm. 2017. "Monastic Letters on Papyrus from Late Antique Egypt." In Writing and Communication in Early Egyptian Monasticism, edited by Malcolm Choat & Mariachiara Giorda 17–72. Leiden & Boston: Brill.

• Shisha-Halevy, Ariel. 2002. "An Emerging New Dialect of Coptic."  Orientalia NS 71: 307.

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 200", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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