fevereiro 17, 2008

5200 B.C. Is New Date for Farms in Egypt

Long before the rule of pharaohs, Egyptians grew wheat and barley and raised pigs, goats, sheep and cattle. Spotty evidence had suggested that agriculture was practiced there more than 7,000 years ago, two millenniums earlier than the first royal dynasties.

American and Dutch archaeologists reported last week the discovery at a desert oasis of what they say is the earliest known farming settlement in ancient Egypt. They said the animal bones, carbonized grains, hearths and pottery were roughly dated at 5200 B.C.
The rise of agriculture occurred at various times around the world, beginning 10,000 to 11,000 years ago in Mesopotamia and adjacent lands in the Middle East.

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