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The following books were chosen for younger students because of their visual appeal and simple explanations:
  • Liebling, Roslyn. Time Line of Culture in the Nile Valley and Its Relationship to Other World Cultures. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983.
  • Longley, Elizabeth. The Nature Company Watch It Grow Book: Egyptian Pyramid. Time Life, 1997.
  • Trays, Rebecca and Jane Chisholm. The Egyptians. London: Usborne, 1996.
  • Weatherhill, Sue and Steve. Hieroglyph It! New York: Barronīs, 1995.
    Provides stencils which are easy for young children to use.
from the DIA collectionStudents read and discussed that ancient Egyptians believed in life after death. Mummified bodies of the deceased were preserved in tombs to provide a home for the spirit. Though plain on the outside, tombs were richly decorated inside. Real objects and pictures of objects were put into tombs for the use of the spirit of the deceased in the afterlife. To the ancient Egyptians, pictures of objects had the same power as actual objects to provide for the needs of the spirit. Pictures of food and drink, and making and growing food were important to nourish the spirit. Cookware, cosmetic items such as make-up and perfume (used by both men and women), jewelry and clothing were included. Pictures of members of the deceasedīs family, and written and pictured promises of offerings to be given at the tomb by family members were recorded. Hieroglyphic inscriptions which included the name of the deceased were also included.
 

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