Ancient Egypt: Did you Know?

…Upper Egypt is actually the southern part of Egypt.

…that papyrus is a tall reedy plant that grows in the river Nile. It is used for making paper.

…that canopic jars are made of pottery and are used to hold the lungs, liver, intestines and stomach of a dead person.

…that concubine is a term applied in a historical context to a woman who lived with a man without being married. In ancient Egypt it was an officially recognised relationship and a concubine had special rights.

…God’s Wife refers to the woman who is head of the priestesses at the temple of Amun at Karnak. By the Third Intermediate Period this was a very powerful position held by a princess.

…that an Ankh is an Egyptian amulet shaped a little like a cross. It is the symbol of life.

…that an obelisk is a stone pillar, erected as a monument to the sun god, with flat sides that taper towards a pyramid-shaped top.

…that a mastaba is a brick building containing tombs, used for Egyptian royal burials before the introduction of pyramids.

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