Egyptology Glossary: Ancient Egypt and Egyptology has a bewildering array of confusing names and terminology, this Egyptology Glossary will hopefully go some way to describe many of the most common words and phrases.
Egyptology Glossary
Egyptology Glossary

Egyptology Glossary

Ancient Egypt and Egyptology has a bewildering array of confusing names and terminology, this Egyptology Glossary will hopefully go some way to describe many of the most common words and phrases.

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Offering Chapel
Offering Chapel

Part of the superstructure of Old King Dom Mastaba tombs. The place were the food and drink offerings were brought and the families of the deceased had access to the altar.

Added: 30/05/2009

Old Kingdom
Old Kingdom

The Dynasties in the Old Kingdom are Dynasty 3 through to Dynasty 6 (around c2600BC).

During the Old Kingdom Egypt became a highly organised Theocracy, that is a state based on the supremacy of the gods. During this period there are great technological advances, and in a way this represents the peak of the Egyptian civilisation. They ancient Egyptians in later periods in their long history, looked back at the Old Kingdom as a ‘golden age’.

During this period they excelled in many areas; architecture – this is the period par excellence for pyramid building; stone working – in statuary and the building of tombs; as did metal working, and literature, in the stories and histories, medical papyri, and medicine.

Added: 30/05/2009

Ostrakon
Ostrakon

A limestone shard or pottery fragment, used for writing or drawing; in essence, ancient Egyptian scrap paper.

Added: 30/05/2009

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