The Turin Papyrus Online Platform is designed to be dynamic! Our data and information are periodically updated, meaning the database changes and grows over time as new information and records become available.
For non-registered users, a total of circa 100 papyri ranging from the Old Kingdom up until the Ptolemaic period are visible on this website. The texts are diverse in nature and include administrative texts, literary texts, letters, funerary texts such as Book of the Dead papyri, etc. High resolution photographs, general description in English, and in some cases a transliteration, translation and hieroglyphs are provided for these papyri.
More information about these documents and uploads of further papyri will be available in the near future!
As a registered user you can log into our online database (TPOP), where you will find an ever expanding collection of papyri from the museum. Besides having access to photos of papyri on display in the galleries, you will also have the unique opportunity of seeing photos of published and unpublished papyri that are held in the storerooms of the Museo Egizio.
The hieroglyphs, transliterations and translations of the texts are added by Egyptologists on a regular basis, which means that you will gain access to the most recent research and discoveries about these texts. Currently over 300 entries are accessible to registered users on the TPOP, mostly consisting of texts of Ramesside hieratic papyri from Deir el-Medina.
In the future this number will be expanded by also adding more hieratic papyri from other periods in Egyptian history, as well as all the abnormal hieratic, Demotic, Coptic and Arabic manuscripts in the Turin collection.
The museum is collaborating with a number of researchers in order to make both the Turin papyri themselves and the research done on them understandable and accessible. Numerous papyrus fragments are not yet encoded in TPOP and the work on them is still ongoing. These fragments will be visible at first only to the group of collaborators, but will be accessible in the database when encoded.
Among the objects not yet visible to the public and registered users are thousand of papyrus fragments which belong either to inventoried papyri already accessible in the TPOP or to yet other, unidentified documents. These fragments are named CP = “Cartelline Papiri” and will be visible to all users in the near future.