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Among the many contributions made by the Egyptian culture is the hieroglyphic writing system they invented. This is one of the earliest writing systems known and it was used from about 3200 B.C. until 350 A.D. Hieroglyphics are a form of picture writing, in which each symbol stands for either a single object or a single sound. The symbols can be combined into long strings to form words and sentences. Other cultures, such as the Hittites, the Cretans, and the Mayans, also developed picture writing, but these systems are not related to the Egyptian system, nor to one another.

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