## The History of Mathematics## Egyptian Numbers and Mathematics |

## What type of numerals did the Egyptians use? |

By about 3000 B.C.E., the Egyptians had a writing system based on hieroglyphs, or pictures that represented words. Their numerals were also based on hieroglyphs. They used a base 10 system of numerals: One unit, one ten, one hundred, and so on to one million. The main drawback to this system was the number of symbols needed to define the numbers.