The Papyrus Collection of the Museo Egizio

The Museo Egizio holds one of the world’s most significant papyrus collections.

It comprises nearly 700 whole or reassembled manuscripts and over 17,000 papyrus fragments. About half of these texts are written in Egyptian (in the cursive-hieroglyphic or hieratic script), while the rest are written in Demotic, Greek, Coptic, or Arabic. The manuscripts range in content from documentary (e.g. necropolis and temple administration, juridical texts) to literary, ritual, religious, magic, and funerary (e.g. Book of the Dead).

The Museo Egizio is currently developing a web site where users can learn about the history and content of its papyrus collection, the Turin Papyrus Online Platform, the workflow of papyrus documentation, ongoing restoration and the research conducted by scholars on Turin papyri, as well as about collaborative research projects.

The website will be available soon!

For more information about the Turin Papyrus Online Platform read the article in the Rivista del Museo Egizio.

Project "Crossing Boundaries"
Understanding Complex Scribal Practices in Ancient Egypt
Since March 2019 the Museo Egizio is partner in an SNF-FNRS Lead Agency joint project of the universities of Basel and Liège entitled “Crossing Boundaries: Understanding complex scribal practices in Ancient Egypt”.

This project aims to study the heterogeneous Ramesside papyri from Deir el-Medina held in the Turin collection with a particular focus on the specific scribal practices of the individual agents producing the texts. The results of the project (information about material aspects, edition and reconstruction of texts, etc.) will be incorporated in the Turin Papyrus Online Platform.

The “Crossing Boundaries” project will provide financial support to employ a certified restorer who will take care of the conservation and consolidation of these numerous fragments; many papyri need to be cleaned, unfolded, straightened, and anchored with correctly aligned fibres in order to improve (or simply allow) legibility, and to allow them to be reproduced photographically so they can be worked on remotely. Moreover, this project envisages the development of a digital light-table that will allow papyrologists and Egyptologists to make virtual joins of papyrus fragments by manipulating their digital images.

For more information on that project click here.

Post-doctoral fellowship in Egyptology at the University of Liège
starting January 1st, 2020
The project ‘Crossing Boundaries. Understanding complex scribal practices in Ancient Egypt’ is a joint research project of the University of Basel, the Université de Liège and the Museo Egizio.

The project is looking for a post-doctoral research fellow to work within the project’s scope under the direction of A. Loprieno (Basel) and S. Polis (Liège). This full-time position is set to start on January 1st, 2020.

For further details, click HERE.
PhD candidate position in Egyptology at the University of Basel
starting March 1st, 2020
“Crossing Boundaries. Understanding Complex Scribal Practices in Ancient Egypt” is a joint research project of the University of Basel, the Université de Liège and the Museo Egizio.

This project is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to write a dissertation within the project's scope under the direction of A. Loprieno (Basel) and St. Polis (Liège). The three-year post is set to start on March 1st, 2020, but an earlier starting date is possible.

The PhD candidate will be fully funded for a period of three years, be registered as a PhD student at the University of Basel and be housed in the Department of Ancient Civilizations, but will also regularly travel to Turin and Liège. The PhD dissertation should be completed by February 28, 2023.

For more information click here.