The University of Michigan Excavation of Karanis (1924–1935): Images from the Kelsey Museum Photographic Archives
T. G. Wilfong
This article presents a small sampling of unpublished material from the Kelsey Museum archives relating to the Michigan excavation of Karanis and its finds in the form of a photographic essay. It offers images consisting of field photography of the site as well as staged photographs of artefacts. Most of the latter were made for the purposes of the division of finds, intended for the extensive 'Division Albums' that remain such an important resource for the study of the Karanis material, documenting as they do the artefacts that came to Michigan, as well as those that stayed in Egypt, in something close to their original condition at discovery. The photographs were chosen for what they illustrate about daily life at Karanis and also for what they show of the processes and challenges of the archaeological excavation of the site.