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Monday Mix-ins: The Middle Kingdom, Hieroglyphs, and the Rosetta Stone

October 23rd, 2017

{photo by George Hodan / Public Domain}

This week we bring you more links to whisk you off to the captivating world of ancient Egypt. We are moving a little forward in time to the Middle Kingdom, and we’ll also take a look at hieroglyphs, the Rosetta Stone, and the Hyksos invasion of Egypt.

Parents, we want to remind you again that while we make every effort to list only family-friendly content, it’s always best for you to preview the following videos and websites, to decide what is appropriate for your kids. Enjoy!


How to Write Your Name in Egyptian Hieroglyphs – From the Royal Ontario Museum, here’s a short how-to video on sounding out your name in hieroglyphs:


How Egypt Invented the Alphabet – From a series on “The History of Writing:”


Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs – This is a 30-minute video taught by an Egyptologist about decoding hieroglyphs, from The Great Courses. So this is aimed at older students and adults, but is pretty interesting:


The Rosetta Stone – This is a clip from a longer documentary about the discovery and deciphering of the Rosetta Stone. The full BBC documentary can be found here.


How the Rosetta Stone Unlocked Hieroglyphics – Learn about the clue that finally helped scholars crack the code to translate hieroglyphs:


An Ancient Egyptian Arms Race – A video about the Hyksos invasion of Egypt, from the Smithsonian Channel:


Hyksos in Egypt – This is a 30-minute compilation of scenes from a documentary:


Codebreakers: Science of Secrecy – This is a series available to stream with Amazon Prime. Episode 2 is about Hieroglyphs. Rated TV-PG.


(Did you catch this funny post from our Facebook page a few weeks ago?)


Write your name in hieroglyphs

A hieroglyphs key – from the Royal Ontario Museum video above

A hieroglyphic typewriter

Hieroglyphs – Learn about them and try the activity.

Decoding Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs – Try this printable activity.

Papyrus from the Book of the Dead of Nakht – View a papyrus with hieroglyphs, from the British Museum. Click on the picture to zoom in on the intricate hieroglyphs and illustrations. You can also click “Play Audio” to hear more about this papyrus.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs – Follow clues to decipher hieroglyphs in this game.

Ancient Egyptian Writing – Lots of info here, from the British Museum.

Papyrus Making 101 – See how papyrus is made - click on “Slide Show.”

The Seated Scribe – Find out more about Egyptian scribes, from the Louvre.

Ancient Egyptian Writing Equipment – See a photo and learn about an Egyptian writing palette from the “Teaching History with 100 Objects” collection.

Rhind Mathematical Papyrus – See ancient Egyptian math problems! (Click on the image, then use the zoom tools on the right.)

The Tomb of Wah – See objects from the tomb of a Middle Kingdom scribe.

The Rosetta Stone – A website for kids, from BBC


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