Thanks to archaeology, we’re traveling back in time! Do you know your Egypt arti-facts or will you end up neck deep in de-Nile?

#1. Which of the following materials were used to prepare mummies?

Ancient Egyptians used lots of ingredients to prepare mummies. First, they dried the body with a salt called natron. Next, they made lotions with animal fats, beeswax and smelly oils to fight bacteria. Finally, they wrapped the mummies in linen and covered them with resin, a sticky substance made by plants.

#2. True or false? Builders started on the Great Pyramid of Giza before the first stones were laid at Stonehenge.

False. The construction dates for these two famous structures are similar but not the same! The first stones of Stonehenge were placed around 3000 BCE. The stones of the first Great Pyramid of Giza were placed about 500 years later, around 2550 BCE.

#3. The Rosetta Stone is an artifact with the same message written in three different languages. Which of the following languages is NOT on the Rosetta Stone?

The Rosetta Stone’s message is repeated in two Egyptian languages as well as ancient Greek. Archaeologists understood ancient Greek well and could use it to decipher the alphabets for both Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian cursive script.

#4. Only 1% of the ancient Egyptian population could read and write. What was the title given to people who read and wrote as their main job?

Ancient Egyptian society was complex and allowed people to specialise into different jobs. Scribes kept written records for most aspects of ancient Egyptian life, including housekeeping, government, law and trade. Read more about scribes here!

#5. True or false? Cleopatra VII, famous ancient Egyptian Queen, also invented a treatment for baldness.

False. Historians found a recipe for a baldness cure written by a Cleopatra. But it uses weight measurements that were invented after Queen Cleopatra died!

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