Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What Are Hieroglyphics?

The words hieroglyphics is hard to say and harder to spell. It is made up of two Greek words meaning ‘sacred carving’. Hieroglyphics is a picture of an object like a tree, animal or weapon, to represent a word, syllable or sound.

These marks were found on temples and palaces in Egypt. The buildings were built thousands of years ago, and are still standing today.

In 1799 a large stone covered in hieroglyphics was found in Egypt. It was called the ‘Rosetta Stone’, the hieroglyphics were a decree done by priests to admire the crowning of a king. Underneath, the message was written in two other languages. In a language of Egypt and in Greek, this made it easier for a French Professor to work out the hieroglyphics.

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