A team of UK scientists has made discoveries that more accurately define the timeline of Ancient Egypt’s origins.
A team of UK scientists have made discoveries that more accurately define the timeline of Ancient Egypt’s origins.
Their findings suggest that the civilization’s transformation from individual farms to a state ruled by a king happened in 3100 BC, approximately 300 to 400 years earlier than currently believed.
The history of the earliest days of Ancient Egypt as we’ve know it was assembled by visually dating tomb artifacts based on style, material, and technique, leaving much to be approximated.
By using recently measured radiocarbon dates of organic artifacts like human, animal and plant remains, the team was better able to pinpoint Egypt’s transition to a ruled state.
Based on the new understanding of time, lead researcher Dr. Michael Dee marveled at how quickly the region’s people unified, likening the process to the more contemporary creation of a nation.
For perspective, Dr. Dee pointed to Mesopotamia, which took thousands of years to establish a centralized society.
Early Egypt, on the other hand, did so in a matter of centuries.
For their next endeavor, they’re considering taking a deeper look into the early days of Mesopotamia.