Early on, newspapers had a good idea on who created the modern alphabet, and credited the Greeks as the first writers. Articles explained that a lot of written language was expanded from the Phoenician alphabet, and has changed, with letters being added and replaced, throughout history.
In 1910, historians found writing in Greek soil that predated their previously-known earliest example of Phoenician writing. This discovery was significant at the time, because it caused historians to make large changes to their writing timeline.
From ancient papyri, historians learned a lot about the everyday life of the Greeks and Romans. One of the major influences they found was the popular attitude towards religions, with religious documents such as the hymn to Isis. Papyri also did a lot to show how modern Greek life actually was, pointing out their proficiency in art and architecture, which paints a view of them that is a lot closer to us than many seem to think.
History and Administration
Through papyri, historians learned a lot about the history of Greece and Rome, as well as their governmental workings. The papyri showed administration in action, with left over remnants of the actual workings, rather than just theories of how they might have run things in their empires.
One thing that many papers focused on was papyri that has scripture on it. There were a couple articles that emphasized papyri containing sayings attributed to Jesus, and parts of the New Testament. These stories were likely highlighted, because of the grasp religion had on the nation at the time.