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Ancient Egypt

cataracts rapids
delta a triangle-shaped area of land made from soil deposited by a river.
pharaoh the title used by the rulers of Egypt.
dynasty or series of rulers from the same family.
Old Kingdom was a period in Egyptian history that lasted for about 500 years, from about 2700-2200 BC.
nobles or people from rich and powerful families.
afterlife or life after death.
mummies specially treated bodies wrapped in cloth.
elite or people of wealth and power.
pyramids huge, stone tombs with four triangle-shaped sides that met in a point on top.
engineering the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes.
Middle Kingdom a period of order and stability which lasted to about 1750 BC.
New Kingdom the period during which Egypt reached the height of its power and glory.
trade routes or paths followed by traders
hieroglyphics Egyptian writing system
papyrus a long-lasting, paper-like material made from reeds.
Rosetta Stone a huge, stone slab inscribed with hieroglyphics.
sphinxes imaginary creatures with the bodies of lions and the heads of other animals or humans.
obelisk a tall, four - sided pillar that is pointed on top.