To the ancient Egyptians, papyrus served the same purpose as pine pulpwood
It provided paper.
The first papyrus scrolls appear to have been made in the late Old Kingdom about
2500 to 2200 BC.
The spells and incantations depicted in the Book of the Dead scrolls were copied
from the hieroglyphic symbols carved on the tomb walls of rulers during this
The scrolls on display in Memphis are from the New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC)
and beautifully depict the passage of the soul from a mortal life to the eternal
To think as we touched these plants the actual realization of the stories of Moses
had a closer meaning.