ATG Quirkies: Still Legible after 4500 Years

papyrus1pixabayLast month the Egyptian Museum in Cairo put a recently discovered collection of papyri on display.  These ancient texts were “found in 2013 inside caves in the ancient Red Sea port of Wadi al-Jarf by an Egyptian-French mission.”  At first blush that doesn’t sound like big news except for the fact that they date back 4500 years and are “the oldest ever to be discovered, being written in the fourth dynasty of King Khufu, for whom the Great Pyramid of Giza was built as a tomb.”  

And we’re impressed when microfilm last more than 100 years!

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!



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