Gardiner Sign List

The Gardiner Sign List is a standard way of looking up and talking about hieroglyphs.  It was developed by Sir Alan Gardiner as a way of categorizing hieroglyphs and making them easy to identify and discuss.   Gardiner’s method of categorization is by type.  For example his type A is “Man and his Occupations”, type C is “Parts of the Human Body”, and type D is “Mammals”.  The types reach Z and a further category for items he classes as Unclassified.

The Gardiner Sign List is the absolute standard reference for anyone discussing hieroglyphs.  Most transilteration texts refer back to it, because it is something of a universal language amongst hieroglyph experts.

In this section you will find Gardiner’s main signs, classified under his categories.