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Egyptian inventions in use today

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The pyramids of Egypt demonstrate the remarkable skill and craftsmanship of Ancient Egyptians who are credited with inventing a plethora of useful products. In fact, many of the school supplies we use today were created by Egyptians.

The Calendar. The Egyptians invented the first calendar based on a combination of the 12 month lunar cycle, the rising tide of the Nile river and the appearance of the brightest star known as Sirius. The Sirius star which became visible approximately every 365 days was used to mark the beginning of each year, while the seasons of the year were based on the cycles of the Nile river.

Calendars are used daily in businesses, schools, and planning day-to-day life and future goals. Each day when you glance at your calendar, take a moment to reflect on the history of the Egyptians and their contributions to the world.

Paper and Ink. The Egyptians are credited with inventing black ink and writing paper. Black ink was made by combining water with dark soot and plant sap or gum which held the color pigments together. The Egyptians flattened strips of papyrus plants and used them to write on. This set the foundation for modern writing paper.

Although computers play a leading role in written communications, there will always be a place for ink and paper in today's society. Paper has many uses in addition to writing. Paper bags, gift wrap and even wall paper resulted from the original Egyptian invention of paper.

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