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Ancient Egypt Vocabulary

archeologist A branch of anthropologic science that studies people, objects, and animals from prehistoric times
amulet A small piece of jewelry or an ornament that is thought to offer protection against disease, danger, and evil
ankh A special symbol in Egypt that resembles a cross with a loop at the top
branding To leave a mark on someone or something that is permanent
delta The fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, a triangular shape, the fourth in a series
dynasty A succession of people who are often related that play a prominent role in that field or society
ecclesiastic A minister, priest, or cleric; a religious person in charge
egyptologist The study of the culture and artifacts of ancient Egypt
embalm Preservation of a corpse from decay, usually with spices and perfume
harem The part of a Muslim household reserved for only wives, servants, and concubines; all the wives and concubines of a polygamous man
hieroglyphs A picture of an object that represents a word, syllable, or sound that is often found in ancient Egyptian writings.
papyrus A material from ancient Egypt that is made from the stem of a water plant and turned into sheets. The sheets were then used for writing or painting.
shrine A place or area that is considered holy because it is associated with s divinity, relic, or sacred person.
sphinx An ancient Egyptian stone that has the body of a lion, a human head or an animal head. There is one large Sphinx statue.


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