ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 44 (2007) 179-209 New Light on the Patermouthis Archive from Excavations at Aswan When Archaeology and Papyrology Meet Jitse H.F. Dijkstra University of Ottawa Abstract Although in recent years several studies have been devoted to aspects of the Patermouthis archive (fifth-seventh centuries CE), there are still many questions about it left unanswered. This article makes two contributions to the study of the archive. In the first place the remarkably precise references to the topography of Late Antique Syene already known from the papyri will be examined in the light of recent excavations carried out in Aswan since 2000. Secondly, the findspot of the archive will be established on the basis of a hitherto unnoticed diary entry by one of the German excavators of Elephantine at the start of the twentieth century. Together these contributions show the benefits of close cooperation between archaeologists and papyrologists. Introduction In a special thematic section of a recent issue of this journal an attempt was made to bridge the gap between the fields of archaeology and papyrology.1 The introductory essay, followed by several case studies illustrating different interdisciplinary approaches, sketches developments in Egyptian archaeology and papyrology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and provides some answers to the question of why there has been so little cooperation between these disciplines for such a long time. The authors make reference to several recent archaeological projects such as the Dakhleh Oasis Project in which papyrologists successfully work together with other specialists on site. At the end of their essay, the authors plead enthusiastically for "an ongoing and dynamic 1BASP (2005) 167-272.
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