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Artefact ID737
Findspot (DEChriM ID)18   (Qaṣr al-Dāḫila)
Writing mediumOstracon
Text contentDocumentary
Description 2

Letter (or document) in Coptic (S) with sender and addressee lost (unless "Theôp(iste) little" in x+2 is the name of the addressee); left edge might be original left margin; state of preservation hampers reconstruction of contents; a male child is mentioned; maybe descender of staurogramm in upper left.

Selection criteriaChristian symbols/gestures/isopsephy, Coptic language
Date from375
Date to500
Dating criteria

Archaeological context (4th & 5th cent. pottery).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

The ostracon belongs to two groups of ostraca described as follows: "Three were discovered above the floor of the room in which Trench 4 was situated, while the remaining nine were found within the confines of Sondage A related to the flooring and stratified contexts associated with the wall at the east end (i.e., what may be the ‘Roman wall’)." (Gardner 2012: 472). It is not clear to which of the two groups this ostracon belongs.

Accession number

Unknown (the number mentioned above is taken from labels of images).


Unedited; mentioned in:

• Gardner, Iain. 2012. "Coptic Ostraca from Qasr al-Dakhleh." In The Oasis Papers 6: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of the Dakhleh Oasis Project, edited by Roger S. Bagnall, Paola Davoli and Colin A. Hope, 471–74. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 737", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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