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Ancient Egypt Vocabulary

Ancient Egypt Vocabulary

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dynasty
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a series of rulers from the same family or group
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Heiroglyphic
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Egyptian writing system where pictures or symbols represent sounds, objects, or ideas
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pharaoh
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the king of Egypt beginning in the New Kingdom
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obelisk
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a tall, tapered, rectangular pillar with a pyramidal top
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mastaba
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a rectangular tomb made with mud brick and having a flat top and tapered sides
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mummy
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a body dried, preserved, and wrapped for burial
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pyramid
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a large tomb built with a square base and four triangular sides meeting at one point
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scarab
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a type of desert dung beetle that symbolized renewal of life
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sarcophagus
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stone or wooden containers built to hold the dead
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cartouche
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a length of rope shaped like a lasso to encircle the name of a pharaoh
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Canopic jars
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containers used to hold the internal organs of a mummy
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amulets
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good luck charms worn during life and placed in the wrappings of mummies
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sphinx
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mythical creature with a lion's body and human head
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papyrus
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tough water plant used to make paper and rope
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Nile
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river that brought rich sediment to land in Egypt
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