From this page
one might infer that papyrus, brown paper (or cotton paper), and vellum
might all have played a role (roll) at some time in the background of
But wooden slats, or bark, seem like other possibilities. 'Book' after
all is related to 'beech',
which was once the word's umlauted plural too.
Dennis King wrote:
> Sean O'Connor wrote:
>> Dennis: N'fheadar an fíor é seo nó ar tháinig sé chugam i
>> mbrionglóid, ach
>> measaim gur chuala faoi daoine ag cleachtadh scríbhneoireachta ar chairt
>> crainn. An dromchla inmheánach a bheadh i gceist. Seans, freisin,
>> gur do
>> ré na scoile cois claí a thagraíonn an t-eolas seo.
>> Inner surface of tree bark?
> That's a thought. Or possibly smooth, thin sheets of wood? We have
> evidence of these from a Roman fort in the North of England:
> I've haven't read enough about them to know how easily they were
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