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The time span of Ancient Egypt Stretches over thousands of years It lasted many periods and included many dynastys From the Neolithic Period ca 5450-3850 BC to its downfall at the Roman Period ca 30 BC - AD 395 That is a long time For archeologists to understand every day life of the ancient Egyptians they must rely on many sources The some of these valuable things being tomb paintings relics and objects that were used in every day life that had been placed in there tombs The most important findings however were the hundreds of documents written by the Egyptians These helped shed much needed light on their lives Giving valued information on their culture and the way that they used language and communicated with one another During the ancient Egyptians more than 300 yearlong history they used three kinds of writings to write religious and secular texts The basis of the two other writings is hieroglyphic This writing was mainly used for sacred Greek hieros inscriptions on temple walls or public monuments Greek glypho Thus the word hieroglyphics Hieroglyphics use clearly distinguishable pictures to express both sounds and ideas The pictures could either be inscribed or drawn and often would be painted in many colors The quality of the writing would vary from highly detailed signs to just mere outlines of them A special form of hieroglyphics was used for the Book of the Dead it was written in cursive The second form of writing hieratic is as old as hieroglyphic It is more cursive and is the result of a quick hand usually drawing signs on a sheet of papryus with a brush made of reed With hieratic writing the scribe would often leave out several details that made one sign different from another Several smaller signs written in one quick flow would simply get squished together but somehow is still able to be transcribed into hieroglyphics Hieratic was mainly used
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