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This document is written in Hieratic script. We think that hieratic writing developed because, like cursive, it could be written faster than hieroglyphs.

This piece is a "tomb robbery" record -- it lists the items that were stolen from a royal burial from the Karnak Temple by the Chief Doorkeeper, Djehuty-hotep . Apparently the riches kept in temples and tombs weren't even safe from the officials assigned to guard them!

Egypt, New Kingdom
20th Dynasty, Reign of Ramesses XI

"'Tomb Robbery' Papyrus"

Papyrus and Ink, h: 41.5 cm l: 45 cm
Gift of the Rochester Theological Seminary, 51.346
Collection of the Memorial Art Gallery

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