ashmolean

Department of Antiquities

Research

Exploring Ancient Writings

Fig.3: Fragment of an elephant ivory label bearing some of the earliest Egyptian writing, dated to the 1st Dynasty (c. 2700 BCE), from Abydos, Egypt (E1122). RTI shows possible erasure marks on the upper left below hieroglyphic signs of a ‘cylinder seal on a lanyard’ and a ‘bee’.

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