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Prentice Hall World Studies, The Ancient World, Ch. 3: Ancient Egypt & Nubia

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absolute power
complete control over someone or something
cataract
a large waterfall; any strong flood or rush of water
hieroglyphs
pictures and other written symbols that stand for ideas, things, or sounds
ore
a mineral or combination of minerals mined for the production of metals
regent
someone who rules for a child until the child is old enough to rule
afterlife
life after death
delta
a plain at the mouth of a river, formed when sediment is deposited by flowing water
Lower Nubia
the region of ancient Nubia that lies between the 1st and 2nd Nile cataracts
Upper Nubia
the region of ancient Nubia that lies between the 2nd and 6th Nile cataracts
papyrus
an early form of paper made from a reed plant found in the marshy are of the Nile delta
silt
fine soil found on river bottoms
artisan
a worker who is skilled in crafting goods by hand
Nubia
an ancient region in the Nile River Valley, on the site of present-day southern Egypt and northern Sudan
dynasty
a series of rulers from the same family or ethnic group
mummy
a dead body preserved in lifelike condition
pharaoh
the title of kings of ancient Egypt
astronomer
a scientist who studies the stars and other objects in the sky
Giza
site of the Great Pyramid built for Khufu
pyramid
huge buildings with four sloping triangle-shaped sides