Sat, 12 January 2013
Growing Towns, Growing a People
Meet the Scorpion King, one of the first known rulers to live in Egypt. A powerful figure, whose scanty legacy tells us a lot about early Egyptian ideals.
The Scorprion Mace-head
The major sites of the pre-Dynastic era (Full-Size Image).
A Badarian grave, with the distinctive pots stacked to either side of the body. The sand of the desert naturally preserves the corpse by extracting moisture - an early, natural form of mummification (Source: Taylor, 2001).
A beautiful Badarian pot, typical of the polished, black-and-red style of this community (Source: Taylor, 2001).
Merimda Beni-Salaama today; the site is considerably larger than once thought (Source: Ahram Online).
The Merimda Head, the earliest image of a human discovered in Egypt. Clay impressed by fingers to make eyes, with small incisions for mouth and nose (Source: Brown.edu).
John Romer, A History of Egypt: from the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid, 2013.
John Taylor, Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, 2001.
(1) Thomas Mortimer, A General Dictionary of Commerce..., 1810 (Free).
(2) Daryl Hafter, European Women and Preindustiral Craft, 1995 (Google Books).
Direct download: 2._The_Scorpion_and_the_Pillar_2016_Edit.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 1:00am FJT