The Ramesseum Papyri

R. B. Parkinson

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photo of a fragment of papyri covered in text

'Among the few important finds of papyri which Egyptology has to record none has been subject to greater vicissitudes … than the assemblage known under the name of the Ramesseum papyri.' (Gardiner 1955a: 1)

This online research catalogue brings together for the first time all of the surviving Middle Kingdom papyri from a 13th Dynasty shaft-tomb at Luxor that was later covered by the funerary temple of Ramses II, known as the Ramesseum. This unique library is now held in the British Museum (136 frames of papyri) and the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Berlin (38 frames). Associated objects from the tomb are held in the University Museum, Manchester, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.


The catalogue presents a comprehensive photographic record of these fragile papyri and a discussion of their archaeological context.

Object entries are generated directly from our collection database; they will change as scholars continue to research these texts, making it a ‘living’ catalogue with contents that can be adapted to reflect new discoveries.


Image: detail of P. Ramesseum 2, Frame 2 (EA 10755,2), catalogue number 7.2