How papyrus was madeThe ancient Egyptians wrote on papyrus. To prepare it they used papyrus reed which grows on the banks of the Nile.
The long stem of the papyrus was cut open and the pith was cut vertically into long, thin strips. These strips were dried and then laid vertically and transversely to make a sheet of paper. The paste used to stick the strips together was flour. The sheet was lightly beaten, dried in the sun, and polished with cedar oil.
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