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Egyptian Hieroglyphs: symbols, writing and cryptography

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 , 19:30 to 21:00
online lecture

Dr Penny Wilson, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, Durham University

Friends of the Oriental Museum lecture

Egyptian hieroglyphic writing contains many signs that have symbolic meaning as well as sound values and ideas or concept indication. The pictorial nature of the signs is used in symbolic word plays and puns in religious texts, where a few signs can stand for a complex or grammatical phrase in a highly abbreviated form. This talk will take a few examples of commonly seen symbolic writing and explain how they can be read, so that when you next see them on a monument or object, you will be able to understand the concept they represent. And then there is full scale cryptography …… into which we will delve briefly.

This lecture will be held in online via Zoom. If you wish to attend the meeting please email for the link.