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Mr. Kanaczet: Ancient Egypt


Definition Primary Source

Primary sources are materials directly related to a topic by time or participation. These materials include letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles from the time, oral history interviews, documents, photographs, artifacts, or anything else that provides contemporary accounts about a person or event.

Secondary sources are informational sources that analyze the event. These sources often use several primary sources and compile the information.

Primary Source Examples:

  • Autobiographies
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Film footage
  • Laws
  • Letters
  • Newspaper articles
  • Objects from the time
  • Oral histories
  • Photographs
  • Poems, art, music
  • Speeches

Ancient Egyptian Primary Source Examples




Burial Falcon


Sacred Cow

Ancient Knife

Kings Den

Think Like an Historian

  • Who created this primary source?
  • When was it created?
  • Where does your eye go first?
  • What do you see that you didn’t expect?

Documents from Mr. Kanaczet

Primary Source Analysis Document