papyrusOf the triangular stem of Cyperus papyrus (a shoreline plant) the shell is used for baskets and wickerwork and the inner is cut in long, thin strips and soaked a few days in water.
With a roll it is pressed flat and the water squeeze out. Previously it was hammered. Two layers of transversely overlapping strips on one another.
The sheets like paper each were pressed between dry felt and let dry in the press. Polish it with a smooth stone. It was used on a roll, later in sheets.

In our humid climate it goes moldy and rot.

The Romans wrote with a scriber or stylus on wooden boards with beeswax to make notes. The block was later ironed out and was ready for reuse.
Earlier clay tablets were also used.

In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back. (Charley Brown)