Egyptian Papyri

Made from the reeds of the papyrus plant, papyrus was the ancient worlds most common form of paper. The think sheets were more convenient than stone-tablet engravings, and as a result of the dry climates that exist through out the Mediterranean and Middle East, are the modern world's most improtant source of ancient writings and languages, since many examples of papyri have survived into the modern era.

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