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About the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

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The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri (CTP), as part of The Bancroft Library, promotes new research about the largely unstudied Tebtunis Papyri.

The mission of CTP is to enhance understanding of, provide context for, and give access to the Tebtunis Papyri collection.  Towards these goals, CTP supports international collaboration in deciphering the papyri and training for students who will carry this task into the future.  

CTP was created in 2000 as an Organized Research Project (ORP) supported by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Additional support is provided by The Bancroft Library, the Departments of Classics and Art History, and outside donors. CTP is guided by an Advisory Committee representing the Departments of Classics, Near Eastern Studies and History, the Graduate Program in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, and The Bancroft Library.

Dr. Todd Hickey, Associate Professor of Classics, Papyrologist, and Curator, oversees the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri.  Since his arrival at UC Berkeley in 2001, CTP has made steady progress in the conservation, digitization, decipherment, and publication of the Tebtunis papyri.  By training students in the care and translation of these ancient texts, CTP has added papyrology to the strengths of the already world-class Classics and Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology programs at Berkeley.

crocodile mummies from Tebtunis

Photo: Crocodile mummies from Tebtunis found in 1899/1900