Walls and Plants

23 Dec 2016

At http://phys.org/print401623030.html ... archaeologists from the University of Birmingham and the Egypt Exploration Society, along with Egyptian comrades, have discovered a wall dating back to the Old Kingdom. The wall protects a number of OK tombs - yet to be explored. The tombs are of pharaohs and pharaohs provincial officials, from the MK as well as the OK, and are situated near modern Aswan.

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2017/article/earliest-eviden... .. the processing of plant food goes back a long way it seems - almost 10,000 years ago (and probably longer). Unglazed pottery from two sites in the Libyan desert have come up trumps - with evidence of plants being cooked, or heated up to make the plant fibres more palatable. Residues of food-stuff processed within the fabric of unglazed cooking pots have been analysed and they indicate a wide range of plants were being used as a food resource, such as wild grains, leafy plants and aquatic plants. They date back 10,000 years ago when the Sahara was well watered and fertile.