The writing material PAPYRUS and its structure by Myriam Krutzsch – University of Copenhagen

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The writing material PAPYRUS and its structure by Myriam Krutzsch

The Papyrus Carlsberg Collection in collaboration with The CoNeXT project UCPH excellence programme for interdisciplinary research, presents

Diplomrestauratorin Myriam Krutzsch, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Stattliche Museen zu Berlin

The writing material PAPYRUS and it structure

Berlin P. 1003
- Detail in transmitted light

Abstract
Not only ancient texts can be read and evaluated, the carrier material - in this case the papyrus - has its own reading. In this lecture the structure and composition of papyrus is considered and evaluated in detail. This knowledge can be used to develop specific criteria by which manuscripts can be classified. Further, these criteria sometimes allow for a spatial or temporal allocation of papyri and in turn confirm several statements amde by Pliny the Elder about papyrus in his Historia Naturalis. Precise information of the materiality as well as technical details of the medium is likely to make it possible to classify papyri of unknown origin and/or of undeterminated date more accurately.