Ancient Egyptian Industries
Before the Common Era, Egyptians were already using a plethora of resources to their advantage. Many common materials we still find today were used by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. Examples include glass, papyrus(a older form of paper), building materials, ships, perfumes, and animal products. Wood was very hard to find considering they were living in a desert, but they often found alternatives like bundled papyrus reeds for ships and stones for buildings and tools. The famous ancient Egyptian pyramid, The Great Pyramid of Giza, was mostly built of sand bricks, because, sand was very common, as, again, they were living in a desert.
Chapter 1: Ancient Egyptain Resources
The Great Pyramid of Giza
Chapter 2: Ancient Egyptian Paper
In 3000 B.C, something was invented in ancient Egypt called the papyrus, the first form of paper in history. One of the words we most commonly refer to is paper, those sheets that came from wood that can be written on. The word paper itself originated from the Latin word papyrus. In fact, since Egyptian Papyrus was invented in 3000 B.C.E., many of Europe already had “paper”, when the Chinese invented “true paper”, a less expensive form of papyrus, in 104 A.D., a full 3104 years after the Egyptians had invented papyrus.
Chapter 3: Ancient Egyptian Glass
In 2500 B.C, a new form of material started going around in Ancient Egypt in the form of beads, amulets, and pendants. This new material was called Glass. In Ancient Egypt, glass was made out of silica (similar to what is made up in today’s glass), and a varying second ingredient which when changed would change the color of the glass! Examples for the second ingredient includes Cobalt, which would change the color of the glass to tinted blue(most commonly used), Iron and antimony, which would change the color of the glass to yellow, and copper, which would change the color of the glass to turquoise.