Children’s Drawings, Grocery Lists, And Other Inscriptions Found On Ancient Egyptian Sherds #ArtTuesday
Sometimes when history preserves the most mundane it becomes the most fascinating. Via Hyperallergic:
The sherds are dated to some 2,000 years ago and are of a type known as ostraca, which were used as quotidian writing material. Lists of names, purchases of food and everyday objects, and even lines written by students as school punishment are among the texts inscribed with ink and a reed or hollow stick (calamus) on the earthenware fragments.
Among the most surprising findings are hundreds of ostraca that present writing exercises, including a repeating motif of the same one or two characters on the front and back of the surfaces. Archeologists characterize these sherds as samples of punishment, evoking the image of a Ptolemaic Bart Simpson being reprimanded for disrupting class.
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