The climate of Ancient Egypt was much the same as it is today: hot and dry. Little has changed in the country's weather through the years.Continue Reading
Egypt is located on the African continent. During ancient times, the country was filled with sand deserts, and only the area closest to the Nile was inhabited. Over the years, the Egyptian people have grown accustomed to the heat. The country only had two seasons: winter, which lasted from November until April, and summer, which was from May until October.
During ancient times, the Egyptians took advantage of the hot, dry air to aid them in their mummification efforts. Rain fell in Egypt but primarily only during the winter months. It was during this time the Nile flooded, causing problems for those who lived in clay homes along the riverbank.Learn more about Ancient Egypt
The items or tools used to mummify people in Ancient Egypt were hooks, linens, salt, resin and a coffin. Mummification was a long process reserved only for those in the upper level of society.Full Answer >
Ancient Egypt had an agricultural economy, and while there is little evidence to suggest that the state told the farmers what to grow, there were quality inspections and taxes were collected. Initially, the ancient Egyptians did not have a coinage system, which meant they relied on trading sacks of corn and grain for goods.Full Answer >
Ancient Egyptians used Nile river silt to grow crops and to create pottery. One of the most common types of pottery made in ancient Egypt is called Nile silt ware, and was made from Nile river clay. The pottery turned a red-brown color after it was fired in a kiln.Full Answer >
The area that is known as Egypt today was called Kemet, which means "black" or "black land," due to the rich black soil left behind after the yearly Nile floods. The word "Egypt" is actually taken from the word "Kemet," but that is not the only name the Ancient Egyptians gave their land. They also called it "Gift of the Nile" because the only thing not covered by the red sands of the desert was the rich fertile lands along the river itself.Full Answer >