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date: 30 May 2020

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The hybrid script is a specific peculiarity of quarry inscriptions and graffiti. Many texts of this category have either a mixture of hieroglyphic and hieratic signs or the shapes of the signs themselves appear to be a sort of “middle form” between the both scripts. This feature, to which the name “hybrid script” was given, occurred since the Old Kingdom, but it became more frequently used in the Middle Kingdom, specifically during the Twelfth Dynasty. In the Middle Kingdom, such inscriptions make up a high percentage of the total number of texts at many sites. This percentage, however, is considerably lower in the New Kingdom. The relationship of the hybrid script to cursive hieroglyphs is significant and could be explained through analyzing the different ways of writings from the Old Kingdom to the New Kingdom.

Keywords: hybrid, script, quarry, inscription, graffiti, hieroglyph, hieratic, cursive

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