Topic: Grain Egypt’s wealth
Egypt’s best-known excavations usually focus on the glittering mummies and grand monuments of the pharaohs, but for something completely different, travel up the Nile to Tell Edfu: The archaeologists digging there have uncovered ruins that shed light on the administrative and agricultural foundations of ancient Egypt’s riches.
The Tell Edfu site is significant because it preserves about 3,000 years’ worth of history in a single mound – and because the ancient settlement served as a key link in the chain connecting Egypt’s agricultural society with the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
“The problem has been that my colleagues deal with temples and monumental architecture, and settlements haven’t been something that has attracted that level of interest,” the dig’s director, University of Chicago archaeologist Nadine Moeller, told me. “But they’re actually really important for understanding the ancient Egyptian civilization.”
Many of ancient Egypt’s urban sites have gone by the wayside…
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