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Artefact ID428
TM IDTM 74644
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumOstracon
Text contentDocumentary

O.Kellis 117: Account of matia

Convex side: Account in two columns (at right angles to the throwing marks), with two Christian two names: Petros and Timotheos.

A Petros, monk, is known from P.Kell. IV 96: maybe the same as here (see Bagnall 1997: 69).


Concave side: 4 lines (the 4th faded and apparently corrected), probably not just a continuation of the text on the concave side. One Petros, son of (?) Belles, is mentioned here: the editor suggests the possibility that he is Paulos' brother from O.Kellis 79. See also the mention of "the sons of Belles" in O.Kellis 115.

Convex side inscribed at right angles to the throwing marks.

Selection criteriaChristian onomastics, Archaeological context associated with Christian markers
Date from200
Date to399
Dating criteria

The doesn't give any date but all other dated texts from the same context are dated 4th or 3rd / 4th c. (Worp 2004: 233-234)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

From the West Church, Annex, Room 6, deposit 3.

Accession number

Kellis, excavations Dakleh Oasis Project 1986- no. # D/6/36; SCA# 2274.


Editio princeps

• Worp, Klaas. 2004. Greek Ostraka from Kellis. Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monograph 13. Oxford, no 117: 107-108.

Additional bibliography

• Bagnall, Roger. 1997. Papyri from Kellis IV, The Kellis Agricultural Account Book (P. Kell. IV Gr. 96). Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monograph No. 7. Oxford.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 428", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,