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Nubia birthed Egypt

 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:36 pm    Post subject: Nubia birthed Egypt Reply with quote

According to the recent publication by Dr. Maria Gatto of Yale, ancient Egypt began essentially as a northern extension of Nubian culture and people:

http://yale.academia.edu/MariaCGatto/Papers/544327/The_Nubian_Pastoral_Culture_as_Link_between_Egypt_and_Africa_A_View_from_the_Archaeological_Record
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't say, as the author stated that "Nubia is Egypt’s African ancestor". Agrarian techniques were mostly from Near Eastern origin. If we could say that Ancient Egypt had "parent cultures", we would rather say that they were Nubia and the Fertile Crescent. And the royalty can be quite autochntnous, once the author herself states that Nubians alter emulate it. Is more possible that (and if we believe in Diodorus), Ancient Nubia was made by local chefdoms eventually federated under an elected "king". Their egyptianization represented an important change in its history, not possible if it were simply other way round.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the products themselves (wheat, barley, sheep goats) were Middle Eastern in origin, but agricultural practices and culture of ancient Egypt were Nilotic/Saharan as the source demonstrates and several others:

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The Neolithic (food-producing) cultures after 6000 B.C. in the Nile Valley became a part of the foundation for the ancient Egyptian way of life. The archaeology of early Egypt indicates continuity with local cultural traditions along the Nile as well influences from the Sahara, Sudan, and Asia (the Near East). The Neolithic cultures in northern Egypt show evidence over time of varying contacts, with Saharan influences the most dominant. In the case of food procurement, ancestral Egyptians living on Lake Fayum added to their tradition of foraging by raising Near Eastern domesticated plants (wheat and barley) and animals (sheep and goats). Domesticated cattle came from the Sahara but may also have come from the Near East. Considering that wheat and barley agriculture was practiced in Asia (the Near East) 2,000 years before it was in Egypt, it is important to note that the early Egyptian way of life did not change abruptly at this time (around 5000 B.C.), which is what one would expect if Egypt had simply been peopled by farmers migrating from the Near East. These early Egyptians incorporated the new food stuffs and techniques—and likely some people—into their culture and society on their own terms. The major features of cultural and political development that led to dynastic Egypt originated in southern Egypt during what is called the predynastic period. Some evidence suggests that predynastic Egyptian and early Nubian cultures had ties to the early Saharan cultures and shared a Saharo-Nilotic heritage. Perhaps the earliest predynastic culture, the Badarian-Tasian* (4400 B.C. or earlier, to 4000 B.C.), had the clearest ties to Saharan cultures in the desert west of Nubia.


http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/geopedia/Ancient_Egypt

Earlier this year a study was released which confirmed a Nilotic dominance on the Nile during state formations.
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