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.