Ancient Egypt -The Egyptian
In 6000BC early people settled in the Nile valley. Egyptians
began to use clay and silt from the river to make pottery vessels
like those in the museum gallery.
||Around 5000BC many Egyptians farmed sheep and
cattle. Some Egyptians grew wheat and barley on the fertile land
on the Nile valley.
||Around 4500BC, sails were used on Egyptian ships
for the first time. Boats were the main form of transport in
||Around 3500BC craftsmen began to create the first
wall paintings using hieroglyphic symbols in the Egyptian writing
system. You can see some examples of these in Gallery 34 at the
||Around 3000BC walled towns and villages were built
in Egypt. The first buildings were made of mud brick. At the
museum you can see a terracotta model of an Ancient Egyptian
||Around 2500BC Egyptians built the Great Sphinx
and the Great Pyramid at Giza.
2500BC to 2000BC was the 'Old Kingdom' period.
||It was around 1550BC that many of the royal tombs
were built in the Valley of the Kings. 1500BC - 332BC was the
period of the 'New Kingdom'.
||Around 1325BC, King Tutankhamun was buried in
the Valley of the Kings. In 1922 his tomb was discovered, inside
were wonderful treasures and the mummy of the Pharaoh covered
by a beautiful gold death mask.
In 332BC Egypt was invaded by Alexander the Great and was
then ruled by Greek Kings. The era of the New Kingdom ends.
artefacts | Printable Egyptian
activities | Explore real mummies