Kellis Agricultural Account Book

Kellis Agricultural Account Book

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The report from Kellis by the Dakhleh Oasis team documents a collection of wooden tablets found alongside the Isocrates codex. The tablets contain the most extensive and well-preserved set of accounts for an agricultural entity to survive from the 4th century AD. The accounts probably date from the 360s and document the daily life of an agricultural estate over a period of five years. Information on crops, measures, prices and valuation, tenants and religious institutions can be gleaned from the account book which is here transcribed in full, with a facing-page translation and line-by-line commentary on the text. There is also discussion of the significance of the accounts and the context in which the tablets were more

Product details

  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 210.8 x 297.2 x 25.4mm | 1,292.75g
  • Oxbow Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • figs, 20 plates
  • 1900188406
  • 9781900188401
  • 2,391,920

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The Kellis Agricultural Account Book (KAB) is one of the more spectacular discoveries resulting from the work of the Dakleh Oasis Project ...' 'The publication of the KAB adds significantly to our knowledge of estate management in Roman Egypt and its value will increase as continuing survey and excavation in the Dakleh Oasis provide ever more archaeological information about its environmental and human context.'--Michael Sharp "The Classical Review, 2000 "show more

Table of contents

The great divide, Hugh Tait; thoughts on periodisation and change, Paul Courtney; archaelogogy of transition - a continental view, Frans Verhaeghe; the evaluation of historical archaeology, Helmut Hundsbichler; rural settlements, Christopher Dyer; innovation and resistance in tomb scuplture, Phillip Lindley; Whitehall Palace and Westminster 1400-1600, Simon Thurley; new techniques and materials for architectural ornament, Maurice Howard; gentry houses, Nicholas Cooper; urban housing in England 1400-1600, John Schofield; vernacular architecture, ordinary people and everyday culture, matthew Johnson; the changing technology of warfare, Jonatahn coad; English households in transition 14501550 - the ceramic evidence, David Gaimster and beverley nenk; food and diet in late medieval and early modern London - the archaeobotanical evidence, John Giorgi; changing fashions in dres accessories 1400-1600, Geoff Egan and Hazel Forsyth; seals and heraldry 1400-1600, John more