RARE WRITINGS: Luther College Finds Egyptian Papyrus


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Iowa’s Luther College is celebrating a rare find on its campus.

A student was digging through the archives in a basement earlier this week when she found 2,000-year-old Egyptian papyrus writings. A school spokesperson said they believe a former professor brought the writings to the Decorah campus in the 1920s.

Professors are working to find out what the writings say.

“They can be anything from tax receipts to ancient pornography.  They’ve found just about everything you can imagine,” said Luther College Classics Professor Phillip Freeman.

One piece is described as an Egyptian ‘get out of jail free card’ and is one of only 40 known to still exist in the world.

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