Ancient Egypt Vocabulary

These are the clues I read during our Ancient Egypt Bingo game we played in class today.  This will also make a great study guide for our test on Egypt and Mesopotamia tomorrow.


A structure with triangular sides. The Egyptians used these as burial places for important people.  (Pyramids)

An imaginary creature with the body of a lion and head of a person (sphinx)

To exchange goods- (trade)

Mesopotamians used this river to grow crops and to trade with other cities, it begins with t. (Tigris)

People settled in Babylon near this river to grow crops and trade, it begins with e. (Euphrates)

The system of writing in Mesopotamia using wedge-shaped symbols (Cuneiform)

Pictures of shapes used to stand for something else (Symbols)

People whose job it is to write things down (Scribes)

A traveling group (Caravan)

282 laws the king of Mesopotamia expected everyone to follow (Code of Hammurabi)

A system of beliefs often used to explain the world and the way people should live in it (Religion)

The longest river in the world, located in Egypt (Nile)

Too much water covering an area that is usually dry (flooding)

The Egyptians used these symbols to represent words (hieroglyphs)

An example of a certain kind of thing (specific)

Able to be seen- the opposite of invisible (visible)

A way of doing something that has continued in the same way for many years (tradition)

A strong ruler of Egypt. Examples include Hatshepsut, King Tut, Khufu, Khafre (Pharaoh)

A stone coffin (Sarcophagus)

Ways things are alike (Similarities)

This female declared herself a man so she could be pharaoh (Hatshepsut)

Places for the burial of the dead. (Tomb)

He became pharaoh of Egypt when he was just nine years old.

(King Tut)

A scientist who studies the way people lived in the past (Archaeologist)

Archaeologists who discovered King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. (Howard Carter & Lord Carnarvon)