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Agriculture and Food Production in the Old Kingdom Egypt

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Agriculture and Food Production in the Old Kingdom Egypt

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Old Kingdom Egypt

The Old Kingdom of Egypt was a time of strength and growth distinctly through true Egyptian pyramids of quarried stone, which are one trademark of this time. The Old Kingdom includes the dynasties three through eight that lasted about 500 years. It was an era where the use of agricultural systems like irrigation projects deigned to harness the capability of the Nile River floods. Throughout the dynasties, Egypt has made a lot of changes through religion and politics, which has brought by several changes that set Egypt apart from the first three dynasties like the transition from the Stepped Pyramids to the true pyramids. Also during the 4th, Dynasty, there was military expansion in the South, in Nubia. By the 5th Dynasty, the government was less established, and the pyramid décor become more extravagant. The 6th Dynasty brought a slow decline in Egypt. Then the extinction of the Old Kingdom came to be during the 7th and 8th Dynasty. Throughout the Old Kingdom from 2680-2180 B.C., Egypt was known to have attained its first uninterrupted peak of civilization in complexity and accomplishment. The natural source of irrigation helped shape the early of ancient Egypt. The fertile land made the country capable of agriculture and food production, which are the main skills that feed a civilization. The Old Kingdom Egypt shined in this area of production. This success was due to a numerous amount of things: constant climate temperatures, the Nile’s annual inundations that caused the land unlimited, and even Egypt’s substantial amount of resources. D. Brendan Nagle (2010) proclaimed, “Periodically over the centuries, the Nile had changed its course, leaving behind banks of mud roughly paralleling the river. These natural levees could be turned into reservoirs by damming their ends and trapping the water of the flood between them after they had reached their maximum”. The Nile River was the source of life in Egypt, because the crop fields are...