Quote Originally Posted by warty goblin View Post
One weird downside of early paper production is that archeologists would lose huge amounts of knowledge about ancient societies. We have, for instance, huge amounts of Hittite diplomatic correspondence because it was written or copied onto clay tablets for the state archive, and the tablets survive. Our knowlege of Egypt is heavily biased towards what made it onto monuments, or was carved into limestone as a rough draft of a papyrus final version, simply because the stone survives. An ancient world that ran on paper would be much more opaque to us.
More durable forms of data storage would probably still be used even with cheap paper. Cheaper alternatives to parchment and stone existed at the time the records you're talking about were made, after all.