Ancient Egypt

The Egyptians were one of the first civilizations in the world. They have left us with monuments that have endured the tests of time. Through this Webquest you will be working your way through what life was like in Ancient Egypt.

Egypt is the 30th largest country in the world and covers an area about 1,001,450 square kilometers. It has a population of over 80 million people who predominantly live along the banks of the fertile Nile River. Your task will be to locate some of the major features throughout the country of Egypt and its surroundings.
Click HERE to begin TASK 1.

People worshiped many different Gods in Ancient Egypt. They believed in magic, and told myths to answer important questions, such as "What is a good way to live?" or "What happens after we die?" Watch the following video about Egypt's main Gods, then click HERE to start TASK 2.

Osiris and Isis

The ancient Egyptians built pyramids as tombs for the Pharaohs and their queens. The pharaohs were buried in pyramids of many different shapes and sizes.  There are about eighty pyramids known today from ancient Egypt. The 3 largest and best preserved of these were built at GIZA at the beginning of the Old Kingdom. The most well-known of these pyramids was built for the pharaoh Khufu (Cheops) and is called 'The Great Pyramid".
Now lets take a detailed look at these massive monuments. Click on this LINK then hit the 'Launch Interactive' button. You will be able to get pictures of what the pyramids look like both inside and out. When you are finished you can start TASK 3.
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It was very important to ancient Egyptian religious beliefs that the human body was preserved. They believed that after death, people traveled to the afterlife, where they were judged by the gods. If they had led a good life, they would live forever in the afterlife. If they had been bad, they were eaten by a monster.
Click on the following link HERE to start TASK 4.
Ancient Egypt was a successful culture for over 3,000 years. In the early years there were 2 'kingdoms' that operated like 2 different countries (Upper and Lower Egypt). Each had a ruler and their own religious beliefs and ways of doing things. After the two kingdoms were united, they became a lot more organized and over the years developed a system of what is called a 'hierarchy'. This was a class system and each person living in Egypt knew where they existed in the system and had specific rights of that class. Click HERE to start TASK 5.
When Napoleon and the French army invaded Egypt in 1799, they found a large object that they called 'The Rosetta Stone'. What made this stone one of the most important archaeological finds in the world was that it contained the same text in three different written languages: Hieroglyphics, Demotic and Greek. Until this time no one on Earth understood what the Egyptain hieroglyphs were saying. Luckily, scholars still understood how to read ancient Greek and could translate the Demotic text. However, it took almost another 20 years to decode the Egyptian hieroglyphs. In 1822, a gentlaman named Jean-Francois Champollion finally announced that he had cracked the code and we were finally able to decipher what all those symbols meant. Click HERE to start TASK 6.
Click HERE to review what your final task will be in Social Studies