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REFLECTIONS ON PREHISTORY

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  • Djehuti Sundaka
    REFLECTIONS ON PREHISTORY http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/4844/prehisty.html Fifty one hundred years ago Narmer of Hierakonpolis united Upper and Lower
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      REFLECTIONS ON PREHISTORY
      http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/4844/prehisty.html

      Fifty one hundred years ago Narmer of Hierakonpolis united Upper and
      Lower Egypt into a single political kingdom, ushering in an age of
      relative political stability and continuity that endured for nearly
      three millennia. An enduring civilization was born and to this day the
      splendors of Egypt are a model admired far and wide. This important
      early consolidation was recorded on stone carvings that have survived to
      this day. The Egyptian state was larger than neighboring Mesopotamia,
      more stable, and without the rural abandonment and walled nucleated
      urban centers that characterize the lower Tigris-Euphrates Valley. With
      an extremely fertile floodplain reenriched annually by flooding and a
      perfectly suitable climate for crops the Nile Valley produced a resource
      base stability unparalleled in most other parts of the world. Coincident
      to the Egyptian unification widespread irrigation works were developed
      and hieroglyphic writing was employed. The productive ecology of the
      Nile Valley, the river as a reliable means of transport and the
      circumscription by an extensive desert defined the Egyptian state and
      contributed to centralization. Military threats to Egyptian society may
      have motivated measures to centralize of power in order to strengthen
      defense.
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