Early Hydraulic Civilization in Egypt: A Study in Cultural by Karl W. Butzer

By Karl W. Butzer

Prehistoric Archeology and Ecology sequence, edited through Karl W. Butzer and Leslie G. Freeman.

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Predynastic delta topography can be reconstructed with some confidence by plotting the thickness of recent Nile mud from the borings, supplemented by satellite photography Pouquet 1969), Bietak 1975). accumulations (fig. 4), and modern topographic maps (see, for example, (see, for example, Extensive areas of surface sands or thin mud (0-10 m) occur in the central and southern delta and sediment rates imply that these would have been above flood level and, allowing for lateral water seepage and 4.

We are restricted begins in 1799 Meanwhile to a record of historical cartography that only (Jacotin 1826), to the second-century writings of Claudius Ptolemy (Ball 1942, pp. of the borings published by Attia 85-130), (1954), to a reevaluation and to a complex flood- plain morphology represented on modern topographic maps from satellite photography. and visible For this purpose an intensive pilot study was undertaken of a 70-km stretch of the valley north of Sohag. The results properly belong with an extended paper in preparation for the Hellenistic and Islamic periods, but the interim conclusions can be usefully summarized here.

Photograph by the author (January 1963). / , +!! ^_ {J ; i ;; ~4 hc Fig. --Shadufs of the Amarna period, from the tomb of NeferNote irrigation of date palms and other orchard Hotep at Thebes. The water trees, and the apparent tank or pooi (lower right). pattern in lowest margin suggests lifting out of an irrigation (The Metropolitan From Davies (1933, pl. 46 and 47). canal. edu Environment and Technology in Dynastic Times Fig. --Cow-drawn saqiya, with old wheel in foreground, irriga- ting date palm grove at Hierakonpolis.

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