Earliest papyri nt dating
This article covers: The early New Testament manuscripts were recorded on papyrus, parchment and vellum. The method originated in Egypt in 4th millennium BC and papyrus was originally used in scrolls.In the 1st century the scrolls were cut into sheets to form codices (described later).This article gives an overview of the New Testament manuscripts.It is a summary of a talk that is view-able on You Tube.
A full list of the known papyri is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_Testament_papyri.
They were bought from an Egyptian dealer by Alfred Chester Beatty who announced the collection in 1931. They are now mainly housed in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin and the University of Michigan.
The Bodmer Papyri were discovered in Pabau, near Dishna in Egypt in 1952.
A New Testament papyrus is a copy of a portion of the New Testament made on papyrus.
These are the earliest witnesses to the original text of the NT.