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The ancient Egyptians had a very unique form of writing called hieroglyphics. It took archaeologists several years to decipher what the hieroglyphics ment. They needed the help of a very important stone. Read on to discover how scientists were able to understand these strange symbols.


  • What were hieroglyphics?
  • What was a papyrus?
  • What is a scribe?
  • Where was writing used in Ancient Egypt?
  • What was the Rosetta Stone?

Write like an Egyptian.  Enter a maximum of 16 characters and have it converted into hieroglyphics.


Check out what the junior version of Wikipedia has to say about What Egyptian Writing Looked Like.  You can also download and listen to the Kurzweil file here.


More easy to read information about hieroglyphics.


This website gives several explanations of the egyptian hieroglyphics, the Rosetta Stone, and has some interactive games to play. Check it out! It's lots of fun!


Your tasks:


Task #1:


  • Using the hieroglyphics posted in the classroom, or the information you gained from the first website, create a banner of your first name.
  • Make each character about twenty cm high.
  • Create your name vertically.
  • Once you have cut the characters for your name out of one colour of construction paper, arrange them on a piece of waxed paper one meter long.
  • Enclose your characters within a cartouch.
  • Cover the characters with another piece of waxed paper the same length.
  • Let the teacher know when you are ready and the teacher will use a hot iron to stick the two pieces of waxed paper together.
  • Staple two pieces of construction paper to the waxed paper; one across the top and one across the bottom.
  • Add a handle to the top and, with the help of your teacher, hang your creation above your desk.


Task #2:


  • Using modelling clay, create a replica of the Rosetta Stone.
  • Be sure the shape is the same as the photographs within the given websites.
  • Remember to divide your model into the three sections as indicated.
  • You do not need to copy the actual hieroglyphics, but make your stone appear to have writings on it.
  • Beside your stone, display an explanation of the stone incuding the following information:
  1. The name of the stone
  2. Where it was found
  3. Who found it
  4. What languages appear on the stone
  5. Who did the translating
  6. When was it found
  7. Your name

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