How to Use this Guide
The purpose of this guide is to introduce you to the hieroglyphs carved on the sculptures
and give a brief insight into how this complicated system of communications worked. The
guide will also help you to locate some of the hieroglyphs in the Egyptian galleries and
enable you to identify certain examples in other contexts. We provide here some basic
information about hieroglyphs, which may by useful to you in designing activities for the
gallery. We also hope that you will be able to use this information to generate questions
which could actually be asked of the pupils as they observe the hieroglyphs themselves.
We have supplied some information and tasks for eight sculptures in the gallery.
The intention is that you can use these discussion notes for adult group leaders.
You may choose to give each of your groups one or two of the sculptures to focus
Do not give them all eight sculptures to study. Allow the pupils time to tour the
gallery with their adult leader, to experience awe and wonder at the
sculptures/space and look at or record things which are of interest to them.
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