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Ancient Egyptian baskets were made out of papyrus (a plant that grew along the banks of the Nile) or palm leaves. Egyptians didn’t have cupboards and wooden chests were very expensive, so baskets were used to hold most possessions and food. They often had lids and were hung up high so mice couldn’t get into them. Baskets were also used to transport corn, bread, clay and charcoal.
Papyrus was also used to make scrolls to write on.