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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The invention of papyrus, around 3,000 BCE inEgypt, was a big step forward in communication.

Papyrus is a tall grass-like plant that grows in marshes, almost exclusively inEgypt. The Egyptians pressed papyrus into a material to write on. And in 105, CE, a Chinese man named T’sai Lun invented paper.

Egyptians wrote on papyrus with a reed brush or pen. A reed is a tall, thin grass that grows in wet areas. Later, people wrote with a stylus, a pointy instrument made from wood, metal, or bone that made marks on a clay or wax tablet. Even later than that came quills from goose feathers.

 

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