Egypt displays oldest papyrus

2016-07-14 17:24
A visitor looks at one of the oldest papyri in the history of Egyptian writing among the collection of King Khufu papyri discovered at Wadi El-Jarf Port, as it is on display for the first time at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)

A visitor looks at one of the oldest papyri in the history of Egyptian writing among the collection of King Khufu papyri discovered at Wadi El-Jarf Port, as it is on display for the first time at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)

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Cairo - The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has put on display the country's oldest papyri, which date back 4 500 years, detailing the daily life of the pyramid-builders.

The items are from the 4th Dynasty of King Khufu, or Cheops as he was also known, for whom the Great Pyramid of Giza was built as a tomb.

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany told reporters on Thursday as the exhibition was unveiled that the papyri were discovered in 2013 in the port of Wadi el-Jarf. The port is located 119 km from the city of Suez.

El-Anany says "these are the oldest" papyri in Egypt.

Museum chief Tarek Tawfiq says the papyri depict the daily routine of the workers, who also transferred building material from the Red Sea port to Giza.

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