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The ancient Egyptian period is very famous for its mummies, pharaohs, and the pyramids but during this time a large number of inventions were also made which are still used in our daily lives. In fact, many such ancient Egyptian inventions play an important part in many people's everyday life. Egypt has a long history that dates back thousands of years and even before the country was ruled by the Romans, Egyptians contributed to making inventions that proved very useful to all. There were a large number of inventions known in ancient Egypt, some of which became very famous while still others remained almost unknown. 

List of Inventions From Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Inventions

  • Black Ink
  • First Ox-Drawn Plows
  • 365-Day Calendar and Leap Year
  • Paper
  • First Triangular Shaped Pyramids
  • Organized labor
  • Hieroglyphics as an early system of writing
  • Sails
  • Wigs
  • Sun calendar
  • Water clock
  • Surgical Instruments
  • The Pyramids
  • Solar Calendar


More About Ancient Egyptian Inventions

Ancient Egyptian Inventions

Black ink was invented in Egypt as well as many different colors of inks and dyes. The strength of these inks and dyes was so prominent that illustrations and pictures containing them can still be seen on the walls of the monuments almost thousands of years after they were made. An early system of writing that is recognized the world over was also invented in Egypt as well as paper made from the fiber of papyrus plants.

Another talked about invention in Egypt is the ox-driven ploughs that were invented around 2500 B.C. Skilled metalwork was needed to make a plough. Even when a large part of Egypt was a desert, Egyptians managed to make ploughs which were used to cultivate the sweeping desert lands. The soil was favorable for growing wheat and a large number of vegetables, especially in areas inundated by the Nile. These ploughs made farming much more profitable and easier for people back then.

Another invention that is very popular is the invention of not just the modern 365 days calendar but the concept of a leap year as well. The passage of time in ancient Egypt was originally recorded and marked using the lunar calendar, but Egyptians developed a solar calendar based on twelve months of 30 days each having five days extra. Also, the idea of a leap year was developed by ancient Egyptians in which one extra day got added after every fourth year and this was invented in 238 B.C.

Inventions in ancient Egypt were useful not just to the people then but they overall revolutionized the way we do things even today. The inventions during this era were surprising and truly illustrate the ingenuity of people then, who understood things that have actually helped in changing our beliefs about the earth and the solar system in a very large way.

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