This is slightly of the main topic but kinda connected via the dubious mindset of these trusted Archaeologists of the early 1800's ,
Just been reading up on the Westcar Papyruse's , apart from the intriguing stories that these papyruse's contain about the 4th Dynasties going on's , with some fascinating tales of infidelity of the top knobs .
Although they do date from around the 13th dynasty and that takes the edge of them somewhat , they could have come down through copies , who know's .
But what i find of interest is the story of how these papyruse's eventually found there way into official academic circles .
A short clip from Wiki on the possible skulduggery of Lepsius
Lepsius never made the text of the Westcar Papyrus public; he stored the papyrus at home in the attic, where it was found later after his death. These inconsistencies led to wide speculation; Many British historians speculate that Lepsius may have stolen the papyrus.
So was this kind of mindset endemic to their profession in their day.
From Wiki [en.wikipedia.org]
The surviving material of the Westcar Papyrus consists of twelve columns written in hieratic script. Miriam Lichtheim dates the document to the Hyksos period (18th to 16th century BC) and states that "The works are written in classical Middle Egyptian; the papyrus dates from the Hyksos period."(ca. 20th century BC). Linguist and Egyptologist Verena Lepper thinks it may be possible that the Westcar Papyrus had already been written during the 13th dynasty. The papyrus has been used by historians as a literary resource for reconstituting the history of the 4th dynasty.
Khufu is talked about in one of these stories.
Is it Papyruses or Papyruse's