Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Parchment Paper Reborn in Bergama (Pergamon)

From Today's Zaman, 3/7:

"Parchment paper, one of the first versions of modern paper, is now going to be produced again on a large scale to promote the tourism industry in Bergama. Originally invented in this district of present-day İzmir 2,000 years ago, parchment paper made Bergama (then Pergamon) an "advanced civilization of the ancient world" and "the capital of art and thought." Now the Bergama Culture and Arts Foundation (BERKSAV) has taken on the task of giving new life to parchment."

Read the whole story here.

1 Comments:

Peter M. Head said...

Since the whole point about Parchment is that you don't need any particular local conditions to produce it (unlike papyrus), this is kind of ironic.
Anyway the claim to have invented seems a little unlikely (what did Jeremiah use?).