-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends
Kidzworld Logo

Egypt - Ancient Paper: Papyrus

Long before there were textbooks, newspapers or email, the Egyptians came up with a way to record history. They designed their own paper called papyrus from reeds. The word 'paper' comes from the Egyptian word 'papyrus' which means "that which belongs to the house."

Where Does Papyrus Come From?

Papyrus is made from a plant that grows on the banks of the Nile River in Egypt. The aquatic plant, Cyperus papyrus, grows up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) high. Its green, triangular stem has long, sharp leaves and flower clusters 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 cms) long. These flowers bloom at the tip. Egyptians used the stem of the plant for several purposes like making mattresses, chairs and boats but the most popular use was making papyrus.

How Is Papyrus Made?

One Roman writer wrote a detailed description of how papyrus was made. He said the outside layer of the stem was removed. The inner layer of the plant was sliced into long strips and placed side by side with a second layer on top at a right angle. Then the whole thing was soaked in water and pressed under a heavy rock for 21 days. The juice of the plant acted like glue and bonded the strips together. The outcome was a sheet, which was hammered flat and dried in the sun.

Papyrus - Did U Know?

  • Ancient Greeks and Romans started using the same method to make papyrus.
  • If papyrus has writing on it, we call it papyri. Few papyri that were made outside Egypt survived.
  • The climate of Egypt and certain parts of Mesopotamia preserved papyri in the ruins of ancient towns and cemeteries.
  • Egyptians used papyrus for 4000 years until other plants and trees were used to make paper for economical reasons. Papyrus is still made, but normally only as a tourist attraction.
Related Stories:
11 Comments

Related Stories

Micro_a m
It’s time to take a trip to Egypt and explore the tombs of the pyramids… we’re going to look into...
The remains of a mummy thought to belong to a queen who ruled 4,300 years ago have been discovere...
Micro_egypt-micro
Know how to build a pyramid? Ever wanted to mummify a corpse? Get all the answers here cuz Kidzwo...
Micro_king tut_micro
Many mysteries surround King Tut-Ankh-Amen and his short reign as Egyptian pharaoh. Was he really...
Papyrus-poll

What Is Papyrus?

  • The first form of paper invented by Egyptians.
  • Another word for cat used by Egyptians.
  • A type of hat worn by Egyptians.
  • The place where King Tut is buried.

Random In The Forums

goosebumps_fan189
:| :annoyed :confused :mad 
reply about 2 hours
Nandez
Nandez posted in Debating:
I think that there have become to many ways of identifying as a gender. Personally if we could the less amount of terms that people have to memorize the better. Yes you might identify as more than one gender but after like the 15 term it just becomes too confusing. It's unfortunate that I have to say this but I get confused between one term and another even though they might be very similar I am totally supportive as identifying otherwise but it has become a little too much for the average person to comprehend 
reply about 9 hours
unicornsrule626
"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I've gotten so used to my glasses, I forget when I'm not wearing them. I'll be trying to fall asleep at night, and then I go to push up my glasses that aren't even there. You know, 'cause they're on me for most of the time, they barely feel like they're there (unless they're sliding down or I run into something and hit them, I don't feel them. They're, like, a part of me now). that happens to me sometimes too!
reply about 10 hours
rainbowpoptart
rainbowpoptart posted in General:
I've gotten so used to my glasses, I forget when I'm not wearing them. I'll be trying to fall asleep at night, and then I go to push up my glasses that aren't even there. You know, 'cause they're on me for most of the time, they barely feel like they're there (unless they're sliding down or I run into something and hit them, I don't feel them. They're, like, a part of me now).
reply about 10 hours
ThePaleWalker636
"Well... Maybe... your related to this 'Ink' in some way?" Now that I thought about it, Paperjam did look a little like Ink... But that one faded memory was hardly something to go on. ​(("I-I like baking... We could make cupcakes or something..." Paps always filled his house with sweets, and the local school's bake sale could've run alone on his donations.))
reply about 11 hours