Papyrus Making 101: rediscovering the craft of making ancient paper  


In antiquity people felt keen anxieties regarding document security just as we do in the modern age. Learn more about how ancient people used clay seals to protect their sensitive documents and how modern conservators can break those seals to reveal the contents with a minimum of damage to the document.

Slide Show
Watch the conservator in action as she removes the sealings from the papyrus and reveals the writing within.

Detailed Conservation Instructions
View all of the slides included in the slide show with detailed instructions for those who might wish to undertake similar conservation projects.



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If you experience any problems with the slide show, you may alternatively view all of the slides and captions by viewing the Detailed Conservation Instructions.

This online exhibit is proudly presented by The University of Michigan Papyrus Collection.