Category: Ancient Egypt


Hieroglyphs: An Introduction to the Ancient Egyptian Writing System

A Brief History of Hieroglyphs We owe the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs to the French scholar and founding figure of Egyptology, Jean-François Champollion, and his decoding of the Rosetta stone, in the 1820s. Featuring both hieroglyphs and demotic (as well as Greek), the stone depicts two stages in Egypt’s written and spoken history. The Ancient  … Read more

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What is Egyptian Faience?

Faience, also known as glazed composition, is the oldest glazed ceramic in existence. It was created over 6000 years ago and widely used by the Ancient Egyptians. It is mainly composed of silica and mineral based colourants, and is a precursor to glass, which was invented around 2500 years ago. How the Egyptians used faience  … Read more

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The Significance of Carnelian in Ancient Egyptian Culture

Ancient Egyptian Jewellery Amongst Ancient Egyptian jewellery the most common material is faience. It was used, in a variety of colours, largely to imitate more expensive stones and materials. It was cheap to produce and thus was used by lower classes to emulate the same qualities more expensive materials had. It is important to note  … Read more

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How Ancient Egyptian Shabtis and Funerary Statuettes Watched Over the Dead

What were shabtis? In ancient Egypt, shabtis were funerary statuettes placed in the tombs and used to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. They appeared at the end of the First Intermediate period. A shabti was a small human figurine who would perform a given task in the afterlife for the deceased, and therefore would  … Read more

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