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23 Proc. Conf. Medit. Hort. Eds. S. Sansavini & J. Janick Acta Hort 582, ISHS 2002 Ancient Egyptian Agriculture and the Origins of Horticulture Jules Janick Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA Keywords: history, technology Abstract Egyptian civilization dates back to the dawn of civilization and remnants exist in a continuous 6000 year-old record. The artistic genius engendered by Egyptian civilization, the superb condition of many burial chambers, and the dry climate have made it possible to reconstruct a history of agricultural technology. Ancient Egypt is shown to be the source of much of the agricultural technology of the Western world. INTRODUCTION The story of Egypt leads us to the dawn of history. Paleolithic-Neolithic artifacts (flint hand-axes, arrowheads, hammers) along the Nile date back 12,000 years. Nubian, Ethiopian, and Libyan populations fusing with Semitic and West Asian immigrants formed a people and created the Egypt of history (Durant, 1954).
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