Papyrus had been known for 1500 years when the Amarna letters were written on clay tablets. Why were they written on clay and not papyrus?

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    What research have you done? – Mark C. Wallace Aug 14 at 20:27
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    Welcome to History:SE. I'm guessing you're looking for more than just "because they were written in cuneiform, and Akkadian cuneiform was the lingua franca of the ancient Near East at that time"? – sempaiscuba Aug 14 at 22:45
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    Consider that the Amarna letters might have survived precisely BECAUSE they were on clay tablets rather than papyrus (which, being organic, can decay). There might have been many other letters written on papyrus. – jamesqf Aug 15 at 4:59
  • I do suspect that @jamesqf's rhetorical question hits at the key point... – paul garrett Aug 15 at 23:54
  • @MarkC.Wallace I did some web searches. I guess they wanted to make some long lived archiving but for what purpose? – David Jonsson Aug 20 at 13:15

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