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09/11/2018- Hieroglyphics

Did you know that the ancient Egyptians used symbols called hieroglyphics, unlike the alphabet that we use in school today?

 

Hieroglyphics were engraved onto a papyrus, which is a writing material made from the papyrus plant, which grew in marshy areas alongside the River Nile. It’s not as smooth as the paper we use today.

 

The symbols were also carved onto the tomb walls of pharaohs, as it was believed that they would be remembered in the afterlife. During mummification, human organs were removed and placed in Canopic Jars. These were also engraved with hieroglyphics!

 

The Rosetta stone was named after a town on the coast in Egypt, and contains 3 different translations that were used in Egypt at the time (Greek, hieroglyphics and demotic). It was thought to have been inscribed by Egyptian priests to honour the things the pharaohs had done for them.

 

Trivia time!
Canopic jars were often carved out of limestone and the Rosetta stone is granite.
Do you know if these are natural or man-made rocks?

 

 

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