Egyptian Priests’ Names in Pottery

Pretty cool!  This is precisely why, as the slant always goes, one cannot “erase history”.  It is never true that the “victors write history” because, regardless of whether or not a community disappears–like the one below–they never vanish.

Broken pieces of clay pottery have revealed the names of dozens of Egyptian priests who served at the temple of a crocodile god, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) announced.

Engraved with text dating back to the Roman period, the small potsherds have been found by Italian archaeologists on the west side of the temple dedicated to the crocodile god Soknopaios in Soknopaiou Nesos, an Egyptian village in the Fayoum oasis.

Called ostraca from the Greek word ostrakon (meaning “shell”) the inscribed pot fragments “have been very helpful in illuminating the religious practices and the prosopography of Greco-Roman Egypt,” the SCA said in a statement.

via Egyptian priests’ names preserved in pottery – Technology & science – Science – DiscoveryNews.com – msnbc.com.

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