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10 Everyday Things That Originated From Ancient Egypt

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The Ancient Egyptians left and thought the world many thing. Their working tools and implements are still employed in everyday life. Although we may have made many modifications on these tools, the facts remain that the Egyptians gave them to us.

Egypt is, unarguably, the cradle of civilization. For starters, the modern writing method was gifted us by the ancient Egyptians through the PapyrusEqually, they were among the very first persons who did large scale farming.

We will take a look at 10 things we have courtesy these great inventors.



1. Cosmetics

women cosmetics

The Egyptians of old were a very versatile civilization, they sought ways of making life, not only simpler, but also more beautiful.

They loved to improve on things and this is evident in the cosmetics used by their women. They included the many makeups - eye-shadows from Egyptian black kohl, lipsticks and eye liners.

The cosmetics were not only for beauty or aesthetics, they had magical, spiritual and religious connotations too as many of them have been found not just on, but with some mummies.

The kohl had medical benefits as it helped boost the immune system of the folks against diseases like the ocular infection which came as a result of the flooding of the Nile.


 2. Cow-Powered Ploughs


ancient plough

The Egyptians were a force to reckon with in farming. The empire was built on and around agriculture with support from the Nile river. The river's predictable seasonal flooding made things much easier for the farmers.

Given the nature of the soil around the Nile which made tiling with the conventional hoes tardy, the Egyptians used a cow-powered plough to make their farming work a lot easier.

 3. Carpentry Tools

carpentry-tools

Modern carpentry employs many tools - from the cutting of the woods to the polishing of the final work - from the men who lived by the Nile river. The Egyptians were an advanced set of carpenters. They made tools that were exceptionally advanced for their time.

Eugene Strouhal, in his book, "Life of the Ancient Egyptians", noted that "The Egyptian ax head had a distinctive crescent shape and narrow cross-section, the straight edge being fitted into the cloven end of a wooden haft and bound to it with cross-wound cords".

They had axes, saws, knives, scrapers, mallets, chisels and etc.


4. Haircut Tools

hair cutting tools

The first, historically recorded, removal of body hair by human were by the Egyptians. Although Egyptian priests removed body hair in a ritual process by plucking, tools were later incorporated into shaving of hairs.

The hairs removed in this were process were beards, eyebrows and hairs on the head.

Solid copper razors have been found in Egyptian tombs dating as far as the 4th millennium.  BC. 


 5. Toothbrush

modern toothbrush in use

The cleanliness of these ancient people did not end in just cleaning the body, environment or beautifying them, they as well took care of their inner parts. 

Exceptional attention was given to the mouth and the teeth thus they had a toothbrush - the very first of its kind.

Wood and strong twigs were used in making the brush while they fashioned the paste out of eggshells and animal hooves. 

They also had many recipes for the treatment of tooth decays and other related ailments.

6. Writing

Ancient Egyptian Papyrus
Text authoring and writing of books can generally be said to be the fruits of the labors of the Egyptians who deployed the first system of writing and producing readable texts.

They made the papyrus out of the trees of papyrus which grew around the banks of the Nile. They not only made use of this technological advancement, but also exported it to Asia to Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.  

7. Bracelets

Ancient Egyptian Bracelets
Bracelets showcasing great craftsmanship and ingenuity, dating as far back as the First Dynasty, have been unearthed in Egypt. The period was the time that Pharaoh Djer reigned over the kingdom.

The bracelets had complex patterns from small beads of gold, turquoise, lapis lazuli, amethyst and carnelian. They also constructed beautiful hinged bracelets using gold and lapis lazuli.

8. Door Locks 

Bank Door Lock

The Ancient Egyptians, being a sophisticated people, knew the importance of security and safeguarding their belongings, hence, they developed a system of locks which depended more on the nails and timbering, working just like our present-day locks.

The lock which was, basically, a pin-tumbler lock, in which a hollowed-out bolt in the door was connected to pins that could be manipulated by insertion of a key. When the key pushed upward on the pins, they slipped away from the bolt shaft, allowing it to be withdrawn came about around 4000 B.C.


9.Ordered Language



The Egyptian hieroglyph, a system of interaction using pictures and some forms of written alphabets were used as a means of communication.

What started as pictograms later evolved to contain alphabets that stood for sounds, things and names. They had also whole words being represented by pictures, helping us understand the lives and times of the Ancient Egyptians.


10. Calendar


Aztec ancient calendar

They did not leave the plans of their year to year activities to chance; they had their own calendar.

The first recorded calendars date to the Bronze Age, dependent on the development of writing in the Ancient Near East, the Egyptian and Sumerian calendars.

"The ancient Egyptian calendar was a solar calendar with a 365-day year. The year consisted of three seasons of 120 days each, plus an intercalary month of 5 epagomenal days treated as outside of the year proper. Each season was divided into four months of 30 days. These twelve months were initially numbered within each season but came to also be known by the names of their principal festivals. Each month was divided into three 10-day periods known as decans or decades. It has been suggested that during the Nineteenth Dynasty and the Twentieth Dynasty the last two days of each decan were usually treated as a kind of weekend for the royal craftsmen, with royal artisans free from work" -Wikipedia.