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PAPYRUS

A support made from a plant native to the Nile River. The pith of the papyrus is cut into strips which are laid parallel to each other with their edges slightly overlapping. Another layer of the strips is then laid on top of the first but in a perpendicular orientation. The two layers, moistened with water, are pounded flat, then dried and finished to form a sheet.
 
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AUTHORS: PAUL HEPWORTH AND KARIN SCHEPER