Even of the lands of mystery, egypt's prehistoric time is a mystery in itself. Some believe that the pyramids were there long before any egyptian set foot in the valley of the Nile, as stated on a Summerian tablet. Others can envision a small group of stone age people forming communities along the banks of the Nile, with the harvest being the main driving force of daily life. Perhaps they were a group evading their enemy, and that is what drove them so far into the cracks of the upper nile. As well, futher to the south were the Nubians of Nubia. Did they come from the north as well? Or had they grown and sprung from the source of the Nile itself? Later to push up towards the lands known as Upper Egypt?
Some 60,000 years ago the Nile River began its yearly inundation of the land along its banks, leaving behind rich alluvial soil. Areas close to the floodplain became attractive as a source of food and water. In time, climatic changes, including periods of aridity, further served to confine human habitation to the Nile Valley, although this was not always true. From the Chalcolithic period (the Copper age, beginning about 4000 BC) into the early part of the Old Kingdom, people apparently used an extended part of the land. In the 7th millennium BC, Egypt was environmentally hospitable, and evidence of settlements from that time has been found in the low desert areas of southern, or Upper, Egypt; remains of similar occupation have been discovered at Nubian sites in modern Sudan. Enough pottery has been found in Upper Egyptian tombs from the 4th millennium BC (in the Predynastic period) to establish a relative dating sequence.
It is the hope of AEL to study, research and try and find the original origin of life upon the valley of the Nile and Egypt.
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