Excavations at Oxyrhynchus 1: 1903?
These photographs were taken by A. S. Hunt probably during the second season of excavations.
The start of work around the rubbish mound crowned by the tomb of the sheikh Abu Teir (mound no.23 on the site plans?). Grenfell stands against the skyline.
A close-up of the work in progress, showing the appallingly dusty conditions. In the foreground the diggers loosen the undisturbed soil with picks, while those in the background carry the sifted soil away in baskets to be dumped clear of the work area. The team comprised around 200 workmen.
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