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About dianabuja

With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!

A Horde of Greek Coins from an Automatic Holy-water Machine in Egypt?

Mechanical inventions seem to have been quite popular among the elite Greek [and later] Roman population of Egypt. During the time I was working at the Phoebe Hearst Museum at Berkeley, I came a cross a horde of Greek coins – … Continue reading

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Baking Emmer Bread in Ancient Egypt – Discoveries from Amarna

Dr Delwen Samuel is an archaeobotanist and a leading expert in the production of bread and beer in ancient Egypt – particularly at the site of the Amarna Project (1353–1336 BC); shown in the map, above.  Through both archaeology and using bread-making tools … Continue reading

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Farming in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt – What Happened to the Producers?

This entry is part of a dialogue with  Rachel Laudan, regarding the taxation of producers/farmers in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, based on sources found in the Fayum. Below, a little background information and more to follow on this much-delayed topic. Several of the … Continue reading

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Grain Taxes and The Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS)

The manuscripts and archaeological remains from the Fayum have provided us with an important view of administration and life in Ptolemaic and Roman times in Egypt.  As the plan and photo of a granary in Karanis above shows, this was a region … Continue reading

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Crocodile Cartonnage and Classical Manuscripts – Tebtunis, Fayum-Egypt

At the end of the 19th century the classicists Bernard P. Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt  were comissioned by the Egyptologist George Reisner to conduct excavations for the University of California, Berkeley, in the Fayum, a semi-oasis that is located about 100 … Continue reading

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Affairs of Goat-herders and Goose-herders in Ancient Egypt

In later periods of ancient Egyptian history, papyri are found that are written in demotic, abnormal hieratic, or hieratic, and that record a variety of contracts – many documenting a loan.  During this time, associations were formed around  occupations, for example: goose-herders, goat-herders, … Continue reading

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Ptolemaic Decrees and Administration from the Fayum

Ptolemaic rulers in Egypt sought both to assure taxes for their own coffers, as well as to administer what were considered benevolent rulings.  We are fortunate to have an extremely large collection of manuscripts, many of which were administrative and … Continue reading

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