Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, August 05, 2016
Egypt’s Oldest Written Papyri Reveal Routines of Great Pyramid Builders
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has unveiled the country’s oldest written papyri that archaeologists have found so far, placing the delicate fragments on display last month. Roughly 4,500 years old, they describe the daily routines of workers during the Fourth Dynasty reign of King Khufu as they worked on national projects, highlighting in particular the physical labor of constructing the pharaoh’s Great Pyramid of Giza.
In 2013,egyptologists Pierre Tallet and Sayed Mahfouz had found a total of 30 papyri inside caves in the ancient port of Wadi el-Jarf, located about 75 miles from Suez. As the AP reported, six of them are now on display. More