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World Wonders

Learn Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 |
11:00AM - 11:30AM

This is a virtual event.
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Take a weekly trip around the world from the comfort of your own home! The Penn Museum's World Wonders morning summer series celebrates the diversity of the world’s cultures through live virtual interactive workshops and activities for school-aged children and their families. Many of our workshops include activities that you can make with us while watching at home. Check the program descriptions for recommended materials so you are ready to make and create with us.

For around 3,000 years, the ancient Egyptians used a writing system known to us today as Egyptian hieroglyphs. What we see as pictures of animals and shapes are part of a complex writing system the ancient Egyptians used to communicate between each other and even to their gods. In this workshop we will learn how the ancient Egyptians used pictures, sounds, and something called “determinitives” to write monumental inscriptions as well as administrative, legal, mathematical, medical, and literary texts. Even love poems! Together, we will engage with one of the world's first written languages and end with a fun activity of writing our names in hieroglyphs.
*Recommended Materials: Paper and writing utensils.

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