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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.
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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.

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CaptJolee
CaptJolee posted in Debating:
( practically this is anyone of any age cause like oracle said people get too attached to this mobile devices and on one should be having a phone in any grade or school and i heard this alot in my last school as well ( " oh im just using it for studying purposes") first off why would any one have a phone during a test or something when they should be instead learning in it in actual class but i can also understand that since teachers make it so boring to listen that the students just go off into day dreaming ik cause i do it all the time during class
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CaptJolee
CaptJolee posted in Debating:
yeah like we need phones in school, here is a example for a kid in school with phone ( *5 hours later, "timmy did you do your assignment", " no",  "and why not"....... "Because i was on my phone watching jackseptieye"
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"AwesomeIvysaurGirl34" wrote:This is good! I would love for you to continue this story, I need to find out the past mysteries of this man's life XDDeep. 
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AwesomeIvysaurGirl34
This is good! I would love for you to continue this story, I need to find out the past mysteries of this man's life XD
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XxRuby_PhoenixxX
I mean to be honest I'm 10 and I have the iPhone 6, so no. They should get it 10+.
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