Egyptian hieroglyph owl
Egyptian scribe
Egyptian tomb painting


The ancient Egyptians invented paper, using papyrus reed plants that grew along the Nile River. They also invented one of the first forms of writing, called hieroglyphic writing. Hieroglyphs are pictures that stand for sounds.

Most people could not read or write. The Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet was very hard to learn. One of the most important jobs in Egypt was that of a scribe. Scribes were hired to read, write, and keep records.



Egyptian stone glyphs

Click here to see The Hieroglyphic Alphabet.

To write your name in hieroglyphs, go to the Egyptian Name Translator.

To send someone an Ancient Egyptian ecard, click here.


This website is maintained by Deborah McMurtrie, a second grade teacher at Aiken Preparatory School. Each year the second and third grade students at Aiken Prep research, write, and produce an original play. This year we decided to research ancient Egypt.

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The views expressed on this page are not necessarily those of the University of South Carolina Aiken. (February 2004)