Archaeologists discover Neolithic remains in Nile Delta

REUTERS
Published Sep 3, 2018, 8:03 am IST
Updated Sep 3, 2018, 8:05 am IST
A joint Egyptian and French mission discovered several storage silos containing large quantities of animal and plant remains.
The ministry said the find indicates that humans inhabited the fertile Tell al-Samara, in the northern province of El-Dakahlia. (Photo: The Guardian)
 The ministry said the find indicates that humans inhabited the fertile Tell al-Samara, in the northern province of El-Dakahlia. (Photo: The Guardian)

Archaeologists in Egypt say they have found one of the oldest-known villages in the Nile Delta dating back to the Neolithic era.

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 on Sunday.

 

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, far predating Egypt’s oldest known pyramid.

“Analysing 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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