Antinoupolis is a Roman city founded by the emperor Hadrian in Middle Egypt in AD 130. The city flourished as a regional capital into Late Antiquity (AD 250-800). Objects from the site vividly illustrate the daily lives of its inhabitants.

In 1913/1914, John de Monins Johnson excavated the site on behalf of the Egypt Exploration Society. While literature and documents surviving on papyrus (ancient paper) have been published, other object-types from the site have not. This project seeks to make these objects and excavation documentation available.

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The project will make available Johnson’s unpublished 1913/1914 excavation documentation.

It will also catalogue British Museum objects from the excavation and then available through publications and online resources.

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A Roman city in Egypt

Antinoupolis was founded in AD 130 by the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

It was located on the east bank of the Nile in Middle Egypt where his favourite, Antinoös, is said to have drowned.

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Cromwell, J. 2012. A Coptic letter from Antinoopolis in The British Museum. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 183: 222–26.

Grossmann, P. and E. R. O’Connell. 2009. Antinoupolis Oktobre 2009: Vorläufiger Bericht über die Arbeiten in der Nordnekropole. Aegyptus 90: 277–98.

O’Connell, E. R. 2014. Object in focus: A child’s stripy sock from Antinoupolis (AD 200–400). The British Museum Newsletter, Egypt and Sudan  1: 14. Read the article

O’Connell, E. R. 2014. John de Monins Johnson’s 1913/14 Egypt Exploration Fund expedition to Antinoupolis (Antinoë), In Antinoupolis II: Scavi e material III, ed. R. Pintaudi, 415–66. Firenze: Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli.”

O’Connell, E. R. (ed.). 2014. Catalogue of British Museum objects from the Egypt Exploration Fund’s 1913/14 excavation at Antinoupolis (Antinoë), with contributions by A. J. Dowler, Frances Pritchard, St John Simpson, Ross I. Thomas and André J. Veldmeijer. In Antinoupolis II: Scavi e material III, ed. R. Pintaudi, 467–504. Firenze: Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli.”

O’Connell, E. R. 2016. Treasure from trash; Monastery and society. British Museum Magazine (Autumn) 2016: 8.

Pritchard, F. 2013. A survey of textiles in the UK from the 1913–14 Egypt Exploration Fund season at Antinoupolis. In Drawing the threads together: Textiles and footwear of the 1st millennium AD from Egypt. Proceedings of the 7th conference of the Research Group Textiles from the Nile Valley, Antwerp, 7–9 October 2011, A. De Moor, C. Fluck and P. Linscheid (eds), 35–55. Tielt: Lannoo.

Pritchard, F. 2014. Soft-furnishing textiles from the Egypt Exploration Fund Season in Antinoupolis, 1913–14. BMSAES 21: 45–61. Read the article