The year 2550 BC is, at the moment, the furthest that Professor McGinty has travelled back through time
While there he found this painted pot lying around
It is said that magical things can happen if the noses of the characters are touched - (you have been warned!)

The Ancient Egyptians are renowned for many things -
hieroglyphs, their belief in the afterlife, mummy making and much more
They are perhaps most famous for building the Pyramids
In the year 2550, the Pharaoh Khafre was witness to his own pyramid being built
A pyramid that would one day house his body
They built the pyramids while the future occupants were still alive because it took 25 years to finish one!
In those days, you were very lucky to live beyond 30 years!!
If you want to know what the Pharaoh Khafre looked like, just take a look at the Sphynx
The face of the Sphynx is said to be that of the dead king
Khafre's pyramid isn't the largest one
The Great pyramid belongs to his father - Khufu. 

Find the words in the following Wordsearch and ring them with your pen

Some of them are a bit tricky,

but all of the answers can be found throughout the rest of this activity book.

 S A R C O P H A G U S
A B E C D H E F R G H
H S I F J A K L A A P
A M N P Y R A M I D Y
R E P A P A Q U N Z L
A O P P T O R M R E G
M N T Y P H S M E L O
D E E R Y X B Y V Z R
F N V U G Y S N I L E
T D E S E R T B R Z I
C L E O P A T R A V H

Over two million blocks of stone were used to make the Great Pyramid at Giza
and each one had to be shaped using a tool called an Adze. It took over thirty years to build
The Egyptians were great believers in gods and the afterlife and they thought that if the buildings they
buried their dead in, were shaped like the rays of the sun then the deceased would find it easier to get to heaven
The Sun God 'Re' was very highly thought of.

The Egyptians had an ancient form of writing called Hieroglyphs.
Each little picture stood for a letter of the alphabet.
They didn't have a hieroglyph for all of our letters and some stood for sounds of letters or words.

Look in your library for a book about 'Hieroglyphs

and have a go at writing messages to your friends using them

The Egyptians used to preserve their deceased, and wrap them up in bandages.
This process was called mummification.
The process took seventy days to complete and when done, the mummy was placed in a Sarcophagus
(a kind of coffin) and sealed into the burial chamber of the Pyramid.

The lid of a Sarcophagus was painted very elaborately, in respect for the dead occupant,
and they were sometimes covered in gold.

Inside the Burial Chambers were put all of the Pharaohs favourite belongings.
Gold furniture, statues of various gods, wine and even food were all left there
to help the king through to the afterlife.

Make a list of all of your favourite things that you would have inside your pyramid,

and draw a picture of what you think it would look like

One of the most famous rulers of Egypt was Cleopatra.
Her beauty is legendary throughout the world and she died in about 30 BC (over 2000 years ago).
The pyramids and other things that people remember about Egypt were around long before her time
(4000 years ago) but she is remembered because she was the last, real Pharaoh of Egypt ,
and she marked the end of the Egyptian empire.
The Romans took over, and the people changed dramatically.
Fortunately for us, the Ancient Egyptians left behind a lot of clues to tell us how they used to live.

Imagine that you are in Ancient Egypt

Write a short story of the things that you see and the people you meet

Describe how different everything is compared to your life today

The Egyptians didn't use money; they used to exchange cows and other animals.
They also exchanged grain that they gathered in the fields..
Life centered around the River Nile , as it watered the crops and provided the people with drinking water.
Surrounding Egypt was desert.
The Egyptians called the land to the left of them the Deshret, which means Red Land.,
but we call this desert The Sahara .

How many cows would you expect to get for some of your own belongings today?

Write a list of modern day things, for example a television set, and imagine

how many bags of grain you could get for them



Why not take a look at some of the other places that Professor McGinty has visited
Maybe you could have a go at some of those activities?

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