Papyrus as writing material: the
making of papyrus sheets
There are three main steps in making papyrus. It is not known when in the year the papyrus was gathered from the marshes; in post-war experimental papyrus production in London, the best result were obtained from papyrus reeds harvested late (after April) - according to a personal communication from the late Dr. I.E.S. Edwards. After cutting the plant into suitable proportions the papyrus stems were cut into thin pieces. These pieces were then arranged into two layers and after that pressed or beaten.
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