Some ancient Egyptian farming tools were winnowing fans, hoes, rakes, shaduf and flint-bladed sickles, as well as plows pulled by hand or oxen. These farming tools were made from wood, stone and some copper. As of 2014, many ancient Egyptian farming tools are on display at the British Museum.Continue Reading
In ancient Egyptian, plows were used to turn the soil to prepare for planting. Hoes and rakes were used to remove weeds, pile soil around plants, dig trenches and move soil. Sickles were used to cut plants, and winnowing fans were used to blow away wheat husks.
Most of the fields in ancient Egypt were located near rivers or canals, and shadufs were used for irrigating these fields. To water their fields, farmers used a bucket tied to a long rope attached to a long pole with a heavy weight on its opposite side. The pole was balanced on a cross beam so that it could be turned from the canal to the field. This contraption was called a shaduf. To use this irrigation device, the farmer lowered the bucket into the water, pulled on the weight to raise the bucket and then turned the pole to move the bucket away from the canal and over the field where the water was released.Learn more about Ancient Egypt
Indigo, one of the most important cash crops of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina during the colonial period, was planted by hand in rows with hoes and other simple hand tools. Sometimes the plantation slaves, who were the primary indigo planters, used horse-drawn plows to prepare the fields for planting. According to one planter, an acre of prime land was enough to produce 80 pounds of indigo. Less adequate land could produce 30 pounds or more.Full Answer >
An Egyptian shaduf is a hand-operated machine that was used to lift water from a well or reservoir. It featured a large pole balanced on a crossbeam and a rope with a bucket at the end. At the other end, it had a heaving counter-weight.Full Answer >
Ancient Egyptian farmers wore loin cloths made of linen, crafted from softened and beaten flax fibers that were spun into thread. Sandals were only worn for special occasions or when feet needed protection. The poor used papyrus or palm fronds to make sandals, while the rich wore sandals of leather.Full Answer >
A good place to find facts about the ancient Egyptian mummification process is the Egyptian Museum website. The site offers information on many aspects of Egyptian life.Full Answer >