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How were inscriptions on temple and tomb walls made?

A scribe would copy the important texts onto the smoothed walls of the temple or tomb. Then, a craftsman would carve the hieroglyphs out of the rock.

Before the hieroglyphs were painted, they would be checked again by a scribe to correct any mistakes made by the men carving the walls. This was an important step, since the men carving the walls could not read what they were carving out. After the carved hieroglyphs had been checked, they were painted.

Below is a translation from one section of hieroglyphs on the cast. Find out more on hieroglyphs in the writing section.