Hieroglyphs were called, by the Egyptians, “the words of God”, unlike all the other written languages the letters were different pictures that meant different things. A picture of a woman meant daughter, sister, or mother. It was not until 1799 that people finally understood ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. A French captain named Pierre Bouchard discovered the Rosetta Stone which was carved with the same text in two languages, Egyptian and Greek. This allowed the scientists of that time to find out the hieroglyphic alphabet.