Scholars have been trying to decipher hieroglyphs since they were first discovered. ‘The decipherment of Egyptian’ charts the history of the various attempts from the 17th century onwards to glean meaning from Egyptian hieroglyphs. Recently, developments in the field of linguistics have been used to help with further understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs, building on studies of the language from previous years. Hieroglyphs are of interest to archaeologists as well as linguistics, for they tell much about aspects of life in Ancient Egypt. Text and art, the objects of Ancient Egypt, come together to give us a glimpse of the society and culture of a fascinating people.