Ink was Invented by the Egyptians

Sometime in 2700 BCE, the Egyptians invented ink from carbon soot mixed with gelatin from boiled animal hides, the mixture was formed into sticks of ink and then liquefied in water as needed.

Date:
      2700 BCE
Location:
      Egypt


Additional Information:

  • Who invented ink? – Who Invented?
    Nov 4, 2010 == The first writing ink was invented in 2500 B. C. by the Egyptians and the Chinese. It is believed that this ink was made by mixing carbon with gum. It was then shaped into sticks and dried, before use it was dipped in water and made ready for writing.
  • WHAT’S THAT STUFF? – Ink – American Chemical Society
    Nov 16, 1998 == The first man-made ink appeared in Egypt about 4,500 years ago and was made from animal or vegetable charcoal (lampblack) mixed with glue. Today’s inks are divided into two classes: printing inks and writing inks. … Black ink is made using carbon black.
  • Ink – Wikipedia
    The process of making India ink was known in China as early as the middle of the 3rd millennium BC, during Neolithic China. India ink was first invented in China, although the source of materials to make the carbon pigment in India ink was later often traded from India, thus the term India ink was coined.

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