January 12, 2005

SOTW Narration Chapter Three

Rhiannon Story of the World Narration on "The First Writing"

The Egyptians wrote on stones. They called it hieroglyphics (I helped her remember the word). The Sumerians wrote on wet clay. They used a sharp knife or a stick. It was called cuneiform. Egyptians discovered that they could make paper out of reeds (she originally said duckweed) . They called it papyrus but now we call it paper. Writing on stone is harder than writing on wet clay, but the Egyptians and Sumarians disocvered they could make paper which was easier but lasted shorter. Because the paper could get wet and crumple up.

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