TUTANKHAMUN'S TOMB, c. 1323 BCE
We owe a great deal to the discovery of the Rosetta Stone. This ancient artifact containing a combination of three different language systems, gave rise to the field of Egyptology. When we look at ancient hieroglyphics, like those found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun, we see a fascinating early example of visual narrative. Told through visual imagery that contains representations of human beings, animals, and symbols, ancient hieroglyphics are sequential art of the highest order.
For a great activity to do with students that's inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphics, check out Activity 2 -- "Word and Image" under the Activities tab.