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By Douglas J. Brewer

Ancient Egypt: The Origins will provide a superbly illustrated, easy-to-read textual content protecting the formative period of the Egyptian civilization: the age sooner than the pyramids.

  • The first hugely illustrated e-book on Egyptian pre-history for non-specialists
  • Contains the entire evidence Egypt lovers are wanting to examine: Who used to be the 1st Pharoah? while did burial grounds turn into Pyramids?
  • The tale of Brewer’s personal archaeological expeditions brings the historical past to lifestyles





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By the 1980s, the lake had become so salty that Mediterranean species were introduced and did, in fact, thrive for some time; a bucket full of shrimp or mullets could be purchased for a pittance. Sadly, today the lake is dead, the only form of life being a frog that is able to withstand the ultra saline conditions of the water. qxd 06/16/2005 02:52PM Page 38 ANCIENT EGYPT: THE ORIGINS years ago and lasting to around 125,000 years ago, Egypt received more rain than today, and many areas of the desert probably resembled modern African savannas.

1 u A series of royal years (rectangular boxes) from the Palermo Source: Photograph by D. J. Brewer Stone, a Dynasty 5 king list. sources are even later, dating from the third to the ninth centuries AD. Although each of Manetho’s dynasties roughly represents a ruling family, the different authors of these later works do not agree with one another on the periods of time Manetho assigned to each dynasty, nor is it clear if Manetho’s work recognised that during periods of civil war several families ruled Egypt simultaneously.

1 u An extinct oasis of the Western Desert. The parallel ridges reflect the ancient shoreline of a small lake. When active, this lake hosted an abundance of waterfowl, local game animals, vegetation and Paleolithic Source: Photograph by D. J. Brewer peoples. 2 u The small mounds (inselburgs) represent more erosion-resistant sediments, which harbour an abundance of flint nodules ideal for stone tool Source: Photograph by D. J. Brewer making. 94 ft) oval-shaped foundation dug some 30 cm deep, probably represents a temporary or seasonal residence.

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