What are Hieroglyphs?
Hieroglyphs are the symbols used by the ancient Egyptians to write their language. The language is called Egyptian. There were a few ways of writing it:
Hieratic and demotic were used more for day-to-day purposes. Hieroglyphs were used for important writing, like temple and tomb inscriptions.
There are over 700 hieroglyphs. Every one is supposed to be a picture of something.
For the alphabetic hieroglyphs, click here to see a chart showing what they are all supposed to be.
The main kinds of pictures are: