In recent years, University of Michigan papyrologists have ventured into the unpublished and uncatalogued parts of the collection. Even a collection that is now 90 years old can yield surprising finds!
Who knows what else is hidden in the collection?
Sole of a small shoe
When this sole of a small shoe, made from linen and several layers of papyrus, came out of the boxes, University of Michigan papyrologists were excited about the unexpected find. The shoe soon proved to be a forgery — very similar in kind to forgeries found in other collections. The papyri used to fabricate such forgeries sometimes are actual ancient papyri, yielding, in one case, fragments of Homer. This shoe will be analyzed in the future to see what surprises it might contain.
Documentary papyri from a mummy casing
Bracelet with papyrus rolls
Highlights from the University of Michigan Papyrus Collection
About the Exhibit