To the delight of scientists, Ancient Egyptians left behind lots of
artifacts and information. The ruins of pyramids, tombs and temples offer us
clues about life along the Nile thousands of years ago.
If you can't get to Egypt (especially before your report is due), take our
virtual trip to check out the Sphinx, learn how to read hieroglyphics or
discover why mummification works so well. Here are a few of the best places
Appropriate for younger explorers (grades 4-6), this site offers information on daily life,
mummies, pharaohs, temples and writing. Learn about the everyday life of an
ancient Egyptian, explore ancient ruins and solve challenging puzzles along
Life in Ancient Egypt
This Carnegie Museum of Natural History project offers articles and
photos on daily life, religion and funeral practices.
The Ancient Egyptian Culture Exhibit
Part of Emuseum, this site covers topics from art to religion. Be sure to explore the
timeline section for short but informative bios of Egyptian kings and queens. The hieroglyphs
section has an online tutorial to help you learn
the secrets of reading glyphs.
The Discovery Channel's Ancient Egypt
Offers numerous articles on mummies (learn how mummified seeds helped scientists
figure out why dirt is brown), lifestyles (Egyptians and their cats) and
monuments of the Egyptian world. The site has a great image gallery of
famous pyramids and sculptures. In the multimedia room, you can watch an
interview with the archaeologist who recently discovered the Tombs of
Rameses’ 50 sons.
The Oriental Institutes' Collection
This research institute in Chicago features a number of artifacts, including a statue of
Horus, images of the Book of the Dead and the Mummy of Meresamun. Each
photograph is accompanied with clear explanations and dates.
Pyramids: The Inside Story
This site is devoted to the study of pyramids, as you may have already guessed. Articles
and photos are based on a 1997 excavation. Explore reports from the chief
archaeologist, interactive tours and great diagrams.