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Artefact ID693
TM IDTM 32194
Findspot (DEChriM ID)15   (al-Baǧawāt)
Writing mediumGraffito
Text contentSubliterary

I.Oasis p. 64-65 no. 4; IGChrEg 356; SB XX 14851; SEG XXXVIII 1700: Account of expenses.

Graffito carefully engraved containing the account of expenses (40 artabs, sc. of wheat) related to the construction of the chapel (mnemion) of which it must be contemporary.

Documentary abbreviations and symbols.

Selection criteriaArchaeological context associated with Christian markers
Date from250
Date to350
Dating criteria

On the basis of palaeography and language, Wagner suggests a date between the end of the 3rd c. and the beginning of the 4th c. for one of the earliest texts of the necropolis.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Al-Baǧawāt, in situ (Chapel no. 242 / Roquet, Ghica no. 8.01)


Reference edition

• Wagner, Guy. 1987. Les oasis d'Égypte à l'époque grecque, romaine et byzantine d'après les documents grecs. Le Caire: Ifao, 64-65, no. 4.

Editio princeps

• Lefebvre, Gustave. 1907. Recueil des inscriptions grecques-chrétiennes d'Égypte. Cairo: Ifao, no. 356.

Additional bibliography

• De Bock, W. 1901. Matériaux pour servir à l'archéologie de l'Égypte chrétienne. St. Petersbourg, 13, fig. 19.

• Fakhry, Ahmed. 1951. The Necropolis of El-Bagawat in Kharga Oasis. Cairo: Government press.

• Pleket, H.W. and Stroud, R.S. 1988. “SEG 38-1697-1725. Khargeh Oasis (Bagawat). Inscriptions, graffiti, funerary stelai.” In Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Current editors: A. T. E. N. Chaniotis Corsten Stavrianopolou Papazarkadas. Consulted online (2021).

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 693", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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