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Glyphs are of many types. This is probably my favourite one. With the help of the 'Discovery Channel', I'm determined to get this one sussed out. Brilliant symbols. This is clever stuff.

"A glyph is a carved figure or character, incised or in relief; a carved pictograph; hence, a pictograph representing a form originally adopted for sculpture, whether carved or painted. Augustan English scholars of the early 18th century, imitating French antiquaries, adopted glyph from the Greek word meaning a "carving." Compare the carved and incised "sacred glyphs" hieroglyphs, which have had a longer history in English dating from the first Elizabethan translation of Plutarch (who adapted "hieroglyphic" as a Latin adjective). But "glyph" first came to widespread European attention with the engravings and lithographs from Frederick Catherwood's drawings of un-deciphered glyphs of the Maya civilization in the early 1840s. "Glyphs" still bring connotations of Maya glyphs to mind." - (Extract and Links from Wikipedia)
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Hieratic An adaptation of the hieroglyphic script, simplified signs to make their writing quicker. An administrative and business script, and recorded documents of a literary, scientific and religious nature. It was most often used on papyrus rolls or sheets, or on bits of pottery or stone ostraca / ostraca.

The Hieroglyphic Alphabet - see for more

vulture ah
reed i
arm &
broad a
w (wet)
foot b
mat p
owl m
water n
mouth r
reed shelter h
twisted flax h!
placenta kh
(like Scotch 'loch')
animal's belly ch
(like German 'ich')
folded cloth s
door bolt s
pool sh
slope of hill k
with handle
jar stand g
loaf t
tethering rope tj
hand d
snake dj
You may notice that some hieroglyphs are vowel sounds, these are considered weak consonants and are used when a word begins with a vowel or where it might be confusing without them, like in a name.
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Last Update: 04/08/2008 - Hieroglyphs - Languages - General - Neils Resource Web

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