Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What Are Hieroglyphics?

Hieroglyphics are hard to say, pronounce and spell. They are two Greek words, which means sacred carving. Hieroglyphics are familiar objects which are drawn to represent words, syllables or sounds.

Hieroglyphics were made on the marks on temples and palaces in Egypt. These buildings were made thousands of years ago, still stand today.

In 1799 a large stone appeared in Egypt. It was called the Rosetta Stone. The Rosetta Stone was written on a stone because they didn't have paper. It was written in Hieroglyphics and no one could read it. The stone was a decree, which was for a crowning of a king. Luckily underneath was a different language called the Demotic, and under that was Greek writing. A French professor discovered the Hieroglyphics and could read many more of them.

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