Egypt's Earliest Farm Settlement Discovered

Egypt's Earliest Farm Settlement Discovered
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Artifacts (not shown to scale) recently discovered at Egypt's oldest known farm settlement include (clockwise from top left) a late Stone Age arrowhead, a rare example of polished pottery, barley hulls, and a sickle blade.

These and other remnants are helping scientists piece together the daily life of Egypt's earliest known farmers, archaeologists announced February 12, 2008.

"Now we have information from the [animal] bones and from the seeds, and you can produce a kind of [late Stone Age] diet, which was not possible before," said Reni Cappers, a paleobotanist at the Netherlands' University of Groningen and co-director of the project that uncovered the site.

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—Photographs ) UCLA/RUG Faiyum Project/Bastiaan Seldenthuis/Sigrid van Roode
 
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