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Q: Ancient Egyptian Crops ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Ancient Egyptian Crops
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: greenredblue-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 13 Jul 2005 11:02 PDT
Expires: 12 Aug 2005 11:02 PDT
Question ID: 543120
Hi! What crops were grown in the time of the reign of Tutankhamen?
Were they exported? What equipment was used? $10 tip for a strong
Subject: Re: Ancient Egyptian Crops
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 13 Jul 2005 14:04 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello greenredblue,

Thank you for your interesting question.


At the time of King Tutankhamen (and times long before and after his
reign), the following crops were mainstays:

* Wheat
* Barley
* Flax
* Vegetables (especially garlic, onions, corn, leeks, radishes,
cabbage, Egyptian lettuce, cucumbers, asparagus, peas, and various
* and fruits (especially dates, figs, grapes, pomegranates, and melons) 
(?Work & Trade,? Egyptology Online: , ?Agriculture
and horticulture in ancient Egypt,? )


Some exporting of crops certainly did take place; as far as
agricultural products are concerned, mostly grain was exported, if
there was more crop that what was deemed needed.) (?Ancient Egyptian
, ?Ancient Egypt,? MSN Encarta, )

The tools Egyptian farmers used included:

? Wooden plows (usually pulled by cattle)
? Wooden sickles
? Wooden hoes (?most often used was made of two separate pieces fitted
together and bound with rope. The first piece was a handle and the
second a blade.?
? Forks
? Baskets
? Shaduf (?a mechanical irrigation device used to bring water from the
canals to the fields?)
? Skiffs (boat-like floatation devices made of papyrus)
? Sieves
For pictures of many of these tools, along with further explanations,
please see ?The Farmer and His Tools:?

In addition, ox, cattle, and donkeys were used to pull equipment and
pigs, sheep, and goats were sometimes used cover seeds, so that the
task needn?t be done by hand.

(?Ancient Egyptian Agriculture,? )

I hope that this fully answers your question, but if you need
clarification, please don?t hesitate to ask for it before rating this

Kind regards

?Ancient Egypt? exported
?Ancient Egypt? export*
?Ancient Egypt? farming
?Ancient Egypt? agriculture
?Ancient Egypt? crops
greenredblue-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
     I like your answer.  It is concise and complete -- very useful
I'd say.  How readily availble was this information for you to find?
Or more clearly, how long did it take for you to find this stuff? 

Subject: Re: Ancient Egyptian Crops
From: kriswrite-ga on 14 Jul 2005 09:11 PDT
Hi Greenredblue~

Glad my answer was useful. :)  Thanks for the tip! I believe I spent
about an hour and a half on your answer; the information was certainly
out there, although it was kind of scattered around. Only one or two
sites really gave comprehensive information on ancient Egyptian


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