Last month the Egyptian Museum in Cairo put a recently discovered collection of papyri on display. These ancient texts were “found in 2013 inside caves in the ancient Red Sea port of Wadi al-Jarf by an Egyptian-French mission.” At first blush that doesn’t sound like big news except for the fact that they date back 4500 years and are “the oldest ever to be discovered, being written in the fourth dynasty of King Khufu, for whom the Great Pyramid of Giza was built as a tomb.”
And we’re impressed when microfilm last more than 100 years!
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.