OLDEST PAPYRUS SCROLLS FOUND IN EGYPT
WRITTEN 2,000 YEARS BEFORE SIEGE OF TROY
IN an amazing double discovery, archaeologists have unearthed the oldest papyrus scrolls ever found ... and they have discovered a Red Sea port dating to the time of the Great Pyramid ... 2,000 years before the siege of Troy.
The fragile papyrus documents were found a ruins of one of the world's oldest ports, dating back to the time of King Khufu (Cheops), builder of the Great Pyramid, said Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim.
The port was discovered in Wadi al-Garf, located on the Red Sea coast 180 km south of Suez.
Overshadowing the discovery of the port ruins was the discovery of 40 sheets of papyrus covered in hieroglyphic texts that shed light on the daily lives of ancient Egyptians. The papyrus allegedly were monthly reports on the number of workers at the port and detailed their daily activities.
An Egyptian-French mission discovered the site, which Ibrahim said was one of the most important ports of ancient Egypt. Ships transporting copper and other metals reportedly frequented this port in ancient times.
A cluster of stone quays was also discovered at the site.
The papyrus sheets were transferred to the Suez Museum immediately after their discovery so that archaeologists and historians could study and document them, Ibrahim said.
Adel Hussein, head of the Egyptian Antiquities sector, said the mission has also discovered the remains of the homes of port workers, 30 caves and several stone tools.