Beforethe computer, before the typewriter, even before pen and paper were invented, people found ways to write. Ancient writing systems prove that since the beginning of time humans have sought ways to document their experiences and tell their stories. 

Believe it or not, there are many ancient forms of writing. Today, we will explore hieroglyphics, an ancient form of writing used by the Egyptians. It consists of three types of characters, also called glyphs: phonetic glyphs, logographs and determinatives. The three types of glyphs were used together to create a form of communication that told full stories using a combination of pictures and alphabet.

The hieroglyphic script was used mainly for formal inscriptions on the walls of temples and tombs, telling stories of the decreased person inside. In some inscriptions the glyphs are very detailed and in full color, in others they are simple outlines. The earliest known examples of hieroglyphic writing in Egypt have been dated back to 3,400 BC. The latest dated inscription made using hieroglyphs is believed to have been made on the gate post of a temple at Philae in 396 AD.

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