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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:22 am    Post subject: Early Nile Valley Farmers Reply with quote

National Human Genome Center at Howard University, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution Male Badarian crania were analyzed using the generalized distance of Mahalanobis in a comparative analysis with other African and European series from the Howells's database. The study was carried out to examine the affinities of the Badarians to evaluate, in preliminary fashion, a demic diffusion hypothesis that postulates that horticulture and the Afro-Asiatic language family were brought ultimately from southern Europe. (The assumption was made that the southern Europeans would be more similar to the central and northern Europeans than to any indigenous African populations.) The Badarians show a greater affinity to indigenous Africans while not being identical. This suggests that the Badarians were more affiliated with local and an indigenous African population than with Europeans. It is more likely that Near Eastern/southern European domesticated animals and plants were adopted by indigenous Nile Valley people without a major immigration of non-Africans. There was more of cultural transfer.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, but as expected isn't it?
The badarians have long been known as an "indiginous african farmers society" (I think that's what one of the resources said.)

I had to look it up because I always get the names mixed up, but the Badarians predate the Naqada cultures and belong to the pre-dynastic history of ancient egypt.
This is not so much a comment as some background and context in case some readers do not have the info at thier fingertips Wink

The metmuseum mentions:
Although most sites of this period are cemeteries located in the low desert of the Nile valley proper, the Delta site of Merimde Beni Salama is the largest known in Egypt from this time. The Nile valley sites located in Middle Egypt in the vicinity of the modern town of Badari give the period its name. The numerous Badarian cemeteries reveal a formal burial program that includes constructing a tomb, positioning the body, and supplying the deceased with equipment for an afterlife. The most common burial objects are finely made bowls of Nile clay in brown or red. Tombs occasionally contain jewelry—including the earliest glazed stone beads—and sometimes small human figures of ivory.

Thanks for sharing the info blackman.
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