Check out these Hot Sites and Cool Books to learn more about ancient Egypt!

Web sites about Egypt

Ancient Art: Egypt
The Detroit Institute of Arts
This site gives a brief introduction to the history and culture of ancient Egypt. It is illustrated by objects in the museum’s collection. Click on each object for further description and discussion.

Ancient Egypt
The British Museum
This site teaches you about Egyptian life, geography, religion, architecture, and writing through short descriptions and wonderful illustrations. There are also stories to read and games to play that deal with ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egypt Discovery Case
Royal Ontario Museum
This site combines fun activities with lots of useful information on ancient Egypt. In the activities section, you can make your own mummy, play with hieroglyphs, and take a quiz where you try to guess how objects were used in ancient Egypt. You can also read about Egyptian history, religion, mythology, social structure, daily life, and burial practices.

Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World
The Art Institute of Chicago
This site lets you experience the culture and art of ancient civilizations through narrated videos and illustrated timelines and maps.

Color Tour of Egypt
Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, The University of Memphis
This site gives a tour of Egypt through photographs, artifacts, and basic text.

Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
This site includes trivia and interactive games focusing on daily life in ancient Egypt, as well as a fictional story written by a sixth grader.

Egypt: Mummies, a Sphinx, and a Palace
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
This site provides at tour of the Museum’s Egyptian galleries, including an exhibit entitled "Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science."

Egyptian Scavenger Hunt
Isis Productions
This site takes you on an Egyptian scavenger hunt, using information found on the web. Use the answers that you find to fill in a crossword puzzle.

Hatshepsut’s Revenge
Isis Productions
"Hatshepsut’s Revenge" is an interactive adventure game that takes you back to ancient Egypt. Help the pharaoh solve a mystery!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Art of Ancient Egypt
This site, which is illustrated by objects from the Met’s collection, includes discussions of such topics as mythology/religion, art, daily life, and death and burial. The site also includes a timeline of Egyptian history, also illustrated by objects from the Met’s collection.

NOVA Online Adventure – Mysteries of the Nile
This site includes a neat timeline, which traces Egyptian history through pictures and basic text.

Rosetta Stone
Cleveland Museum of Art
This site offers a number of fun activities about ancient Egypt! You can build a paper pharaoh, color in images of Egyptian objects, and take a short (and fun!) quiz on ancient Egypt. You can also go on a safari to see Egyptian animals, learn about the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Egyptian collection, and read about different topics of Egyptian daily life.

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
This site gives a brief introduction to the seven wonders of the ancient world, including the Pyramids at Giza.

Understanding Ancient Egyptian Beliefs
Cyberkids online magazine
On this site, you can read an article about ancient Egyptian beliefs about religion and death, and then answer a crossword puzzle with the information you learned.

Books about Egypt

Cohen, Daniel. Ancient Egypt. Doubleday, 1990.
Cohen traces the history of ancient Egypt from the unification of the Upper and Lower lands to the Roman conquest in 30 B.C.

Harris, Geraldine. Ancient Egypt. Facts on File, 1990.
Charts, maps, and other illustrations add to this account of the history of Egyptian pharaohs and their land. Photographs of ancient ruins and important places along the Nile River are included.

Hart, George. Ancient Egypt. Harcourt, 1989.
This book includes full-color replicas of real Egyptian artifacts.

Putnam, James. Ancient Egypt Treasure Chest. Running Press, 1994.
This kit is shaped like a treasure chest and comes with its own lock and key, so only you can look inside it. You’ll find a scarab board game, an illustrated book about Egypt, rubber stamps with hieroglyphs on them, and some beads to make your own Egyptian necklace.

Tiano, Oliver. Ramses II and Egypt. Henry Holt and Co., 1995.
This exciting, full-color book elaborately traces the history of art, architecture, food, fashion, politics, people, literature, and customs during the reign of Rameses II. It also talks about the life of this pharaoh, including his more than 110 children!

Books about People in Egypt

Bianchi, Robert. The Nubians: People of the Ancient Nile. Millbrook, 1994.
The Nubians are an African civilization, who neighbors Egypt and whose history can be traced back to ancient times. Bianchi talks about the history, both ancient and modern, of this culture along the Nile River.

Glubok, Shirley, and Alfred Tamarin. The Mummy of Ramose: The Life and Death of an Ancient Nobleman. Harper Collins, 1978.
This book provides a history of the life and death of Ramose, the vizier to the Pharaohs Amenhotep III and his son Akhenaton.

Grant, Neil. The Egyptians. Oxford University Press, 1993.
This book is an easy-to-read guide to the lifestyle and customs of the ancient Egyptians.

Stanley, Diane, and Peter Vennema. Cleopatra. Morrow, 1994.
This book tells about this famous Egyptian woman and the important role she played in the history of Egypt.

Woods, Geraldine. Science in Ancient Egypt. Watts, 1988.
This book is a descriptive account of the scientific advancements made by ancient Egyptians in science, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, agriculture, and technology.

Books about Mythology in Egypt

Harris, Geraldine. Gods and Pharaohs from Egyptian Mythology. Peter Bedrick Books, 1993.
In this book, myths from ancient Egypt are told and illustrated. The book includes a chart of the Egyptian "pantheon" of gods, as well as a discussion of hieroglyphic writing.

Books about Daily Life in Egypt

Coles, Janet, and Marsha Hill. Fun with Beads: Ancient Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Viking Publishing, 1995.
This kit comes equipped with over 1000 different beads like the ones the ancient Egyptians wore in their jewelry. With this kit, you can make your own necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

Coote, Roger. The Egyptians. Wayland, 1993.
This book provides maps, photographs, drawings, and a timeline of important dates in Egypt’s history. It talks about the lives of the ancient Egyptians: their art, food, and work in times of peace and war.

Defrates, Joanna. What Do We Know about the Ancient Egyptians? Peter Bedrick Books, 1992.
This series takes an exciting look at religion, history, and culture through the everyday lives of people from all over the world. This book uses photographs and detailed illustrations to help young people ask questions about, and to lead them toward a better understanding of, the ancient Egyptians.

Books about Death and Burial in Egypt

Aliki. Mummies Made in Egypt. Harper Collins, 1979.
Aliki describes each step in the process of preparing the body for the afterlife. Some of the illustrations are based on actual artwork found in ancient Egyptian tombs.

Clancy, Flora S. Pyramids. St. Remy Press and Smithsonian Institution, 1994.
Dr. Clancy gives the answers to the questions of why and how the pyramids were built. She talks about the ideological, political, and economic effects, and about how the Egyptians considered the pyramids to be mountains that connect heaven and the underworld. This book is at a more difficult reading level.

Clare, John D. Pyramids of Ancient Egypt. Harcourt Brace Jovanich, 1992.
The process of building a pyramid is explained here in detail. The photographs on every page show what modern-day Egyptologists think the people, clothing, and workplaces of ancient Egypt looked like.

Macaulay, David. Pyramid. Houghton, 1975.
This book provides a neat description of the processes involved in building an Egyptian pyramid, from choosing the site to placing the final casing stone after burial. Macaulay does his own illustrations, which are both interesting and fun to look at. If you want to see another David Macaulay book, take a look at his Motel of the Mysteries.

Morley, Jacqueline, et al. Inside Story: An Egyptian Pyramid. Peter Bedrick Books, 1991.
This book chronicles the various stages of building a pyramid, as well as the life of the workers and the pharaohs. A great variety of illustrations complement and enhance the text.

Perl, Lila. Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure: Secrets of Ancient Egypt. Clarion, 1987.
This book talks about how the bodies of the ancient Egyptians were preserved after death. It also describes the many rituals observed to protect the dead person’s spirit. Photographs and line drawings of mummies, tomb paintings, and Egyptian architectural sites greatly enhance the text.

Putnam, James. Mummy. Knopf, 1993.
The text and the illustrations of the book work together to describe Egyptian mummification. Putnam also explains new investigative techniques that are gentler on the ancient bodies.

Wilcox, Charlotte. Mummies and Their Mysteries. Carolrhoda, 1993.
The mummification process in ancient Egypt, as well as in other parts of the world, is examined here with the help of full-color photographs and illustrations.

Books about Writing in Egypt

Giblin, James Cross. The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone. Harper Collins, 1990.
This book describes the 1799 discovery of the Rosetta Stone and its subsequent decoding. This historic event helped with future decipherings of ancient writings.

Katan, Norma J., and Barbara Mintz. Hieroglyphs: The Writing of Ancient Egypt. McElderry, 1981.
In this book, the authors explain what is known about the system of writing used in ancient Egypt. Photographs of real hieroglyphic texts add to the text.

Roehrig, Catharine. Fun with Hieroglyphs Kit. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Viking, 1990.
In this kit, you will find a set of rubber stamps, an illustrated guidebook, and a hieroglyph alphabet chart that will help you create and decode your own secret messages.


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