Ancient Egyptians preferred metallic inks

Until recently, it was assumed that the ink used for writing was primarily carbon-based at least until the fourth and fifth centuries AD. But in a new University of Copenhagen study, analyses of 2,000-year-old papyri fragments with X-ray microscopy show that black ink used by Egyptian scribes also contained copper -- an element previously not identified in ancient ink.

Ancient Egyptians preferred metallic inks

Synchrotron imaging finds unexpected ingredients in 2000-year-old papyri. Andrew Masterson reports.

Wed 15 Nov 17 from Cosmos Magazine

Ink from ancient Egyptian papyri contains copper

Until recently, it was assumed that the ink used for writing was primarily carbon-based at least until the fourth and fifth centuries AD. But in a new University of Copenhagen study, analyses ...

Fri 10 Nov 17 from Phys.org

Ink from Ancient Egyptian Papyri Contains Copper, Fri 10 Nov 17 from Laboratory Equipment

Ink from ancient Egyptian papyri contains copper, Fri 10 Nov 17 from Eurekalert

Ancient Egyptian scribes mixed copper in their ink

New X-ray images have revealed copper in the ink scrawled on 2,000-year-old Egyptian papyri fragments.

Fri 10 Nov 17 from UPI

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