Research Focus Group Symposium: Ancient Archives and Public History: Dispatches from the Papyrological Lost and Found

Thursday, December 5, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Free Event

From the poetry of Sappho to the New Testament, texts written on papyrus have been preserved for millennia by arid conditions in Egypt, excavated, and collected in archives. This timely colloquium examines the legal and ethical problems surrounding these papyrological archives. Roberta Mazza will tell the story of how ancient papyri of unknown provenance were acquired by the Museum of the Bible and are now at the center of a scandal and police investigation. Anna Uhlig will discuss how Egyptian mummies have been destroyed in the quest to “recover” ancient texts and how we can use the Tebtunis archive at UC Berkeley to honor the “missing mummies” lost to us in the name of scholarship.

Roberta Mazza is Lecturer in Greco-Roman Material Culture at the University of Manchester (UK); this Fall she holds the Tipton Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Department of Religious Studies at UCSB.

Anna Uhlig is Associate Professor of Classics at UC Davis.

The symposium will be moderated by Cavan Concannon, who is Associate Professor of Religion at USC.

𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘪𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘓𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘑.𝘌. 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘓𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘉𝘺𝘳𝘯𝘦 𝘛𝘪𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘌𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘊𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘜𝘊𝘚𝘉’𝘴 𝘋𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘙𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘜𝘊𝘚𝘉’𝘴 𝘈𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘉𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘍𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘴 𝘎𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱.