The ankh is a history mystery.
ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol. It looks rather like a
key. The ankh symbol was used in hieroglyphics and in designs.
One of the artifacts carefully placed in King Tut's tomb was an
ankh. The ankh must have meant something important to the
ancient Egyptians, and that's all we know. Historians have made
a few guesses at what the Egyptian ankh might have symbolized.
Some historians think the ankh was the symbol for the key that
opened the door to the afterlife. Others think it might have
represented the key that turned on the annual flooding of the
Nile each year. Of course, the ankh might not even represent a
One thing we do know. The Egyptians used symbols
to represent important things. The red crown, for example, is
the symbol for Lower Egypt. The white crown was the symbol for
Upper Egypt. The lotus flower symbolized rebirth, or the coming
of spring. And the ankh? It's a history mystery.