Egypt: Village Found in Nile Delta Predated Pharaohs

Egypt: Village Found in Nile Delta Predated Pharaohs

Monday, 3 September, 2018 - 05:30
This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, shows one of the oldest villages ever found in the Nile Delta, with remains dating back to before the pharaohs in Tell el-Samara, about 140 kilometers north of Cairo, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)
Asharq Al-Awsat
Archaeologists in Egypt said Sunday they have found one of the oldest-known villages in the Nile Delta dating back to the Neolithic era before the pharaohs.

A joint Egyptian and French mission discovered several storage silos containing large quantities of animal and plant remains, as well as pottery and stone tools, the antiquities ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the find indicates that humans inhabited the fertile Tell al-Samara, in the northern province of El-Dakahlia, as early as the fifth millennium BC.

That would be some 2,500 years before the Giza pyramids were built.

"Analyzing the biological material that has been discovered will present us with a clearer view of the first communities that settled in the Delta and the origins of agriculture and farming in Egypt," said Nadia Khedr, a ministry official responsible for Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities on the Mediterranean.

Rain-based Neolithic farming may hold vital clues to a technological leap that led to irrigation-based farming along the Nile.

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