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New life given to ancient Egyptian texts stored at Stanford for decades

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posted on Jul, 23 2008 @ 02:53 PM
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Looking at materials bought in the 1920s



They're torn and faded and have the woven texture of a flattened Triscuit. At first glance, the ancient Egyptian texts look like scraps of garbage. And more than 2,000 years ago, that's exactly what they were—discarded documents, useless contracts and unwanted letters that were recycled into material needed to plaster over mummies, like some precursor to papier-mâché.




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posted on Jul, 23 2008 @ 07:17 PM
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The ancients were pretty efficient in recycling some things -- the Archimedes palimpest comes to mind. I think that some of the Roman era coffins were made out of this kind of papier mache' material. They're beautifully painted and gilded, but not as sturdy as a wood or stone coffin.

And, of course, these coffins were only for the middle class and upper class. The poor fared worse in these matters.



posted on Jul, 23 2008 @ 07:41 PM
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That is why it is so hard to find artifacts. The ancients reused and recycled almost everything. This is a good find, showing the average daily life back then.



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