In Ancient Egypt, (c. 2500-332 B.C.), craftsmen worked with glass, stone, and precious metals to produce pendants, jars, masks, and other items of extraordinary beauty. Egyptians built magnificent palaces and tombs for their rulers and decorated the walls with detailed scenes of everyday life that, preserved by darkness and the dry. climate, tell us much about the people and their customs. Scribes writing on parchment made from the papyrus that grew beside the Nile River have also left us a pictorial narrative. The belief that people journeyed to the afterlife resulted in the preservation of clothes, jewels, cooking pots, and other items that have helped archaeologists piece together the fascinating life of Ancient Egypt.