New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_14528
A stone relief carving of Egyptian hieroglyphs on an outer wall at Kom Ombo showing servants bringing food to the Pharoah. Photograph taken in 1930.
These are Egyptian letters and words. How are they different from our writing?
Look at the main figures in this picture. What do you think they are doing?
Why would these symbols be carved in stone?
What do the hieroglyphs have in common?
To the upper left of each figure is a group of symbols surrounded by an oval shape. Why do you think these symbols were grouped together?
Research the Rosetta Stone. Find out how this stone helped archaeologists and historians learn more about Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Find out what sorts of hieroglyphs were written in tombs and pyramids.
Math: Use Egyptian numbers to create addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. Also try writing fractions. Since the numerator was always 1 in ancient Egypt, this may be a challenge. (For example, ¾ has to be broken down into ½ and ¼).
Science: Find ways that scientists and archaeologists tell how old something is.
Science: What would be the best implement to use for carving or writing in stone?
English Language Arts: Write a poem about Egypt in hieroglyphics. Trade poems with classmates and translate.
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Davies, W. V. Egyptian Hieroglyphics. University of California Press, September 1988. ISBN: 0520062876
Write Like An Egyptian. Scholastic Inc., October 2004. ISBN: 0439549884
Der Manuelian, Peter. Hieroglyphics from A to Z. Scholastic, Inc., July 1996. ISBN: 0590400088