Date: 2019-02-01 07:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mizstorge
That Coptic scroll is interesting. The Egyptian language used the Coptic alphabet from the 2nd-3rd centuries CE, but the Coptic language wasn't standardized until the 4th century. Meanwhile, use of parchment codices began in the 1st century CE, achieved parity with papyrus scrolls in the 3rd century, and supplanted papyrus scrolls by the 6th century. So the likely date of production for the Coptic scroll you saw would have likely been between 100-500 CE. (yes, I'm a papyrology nerd!)

Wondering: did the book with 400 year old smoke trapped in its pages smell as you expected? Old book + wood smoke, or more like incense?
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