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Ancient Egypt, Part Seven

Part Seven on the Eternal Kingdom.

Most of the people in ancient Egypt lived near the Nile River. Its yearly flooding deposited rich, black soil which was excellent for farming. Egyptian traders traveled by sea and caravan all over the parts of the world known then.

The Egyptians developed a system of picture-writing called hieroglyphics. They also made writing paper from the papyrus reed. Scholars have been able to read hieroglyphics ever since the Rosetta Stone was discovered and interpreted in the early 1800s.

The Egyptians believed in a life after death. They placed many objects, such as food, clothing, and doll-like figures of servants, in their tombs. This was to make the afterlife more pleasant. They wrapped their dead in layers of cloth and preserved them as mummies, many of which can be seen in museums today.

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