Skip to comments.Cemetery Reveals Baby-Making Season in Ancient Egypt
Posted on 05/18/2013 4:46:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The peak period for baby-making sex in ancient Egypt was in July and August, when the weather was at its hottest.
Researchers made this discovery at a cemetery in the Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt whose burials date back around 1,800 years. The oasis is located about 450 miles (720 kilometers) southwest of Cairo. The people buried in the cemetery lived in the ancient town of Kellis, with a population of at least several thousand. These people lived at a time when the Roman Empire controlled Egypt, when Christianity was spreading but also when traditional Egyptian religious beliefs were still strong.
So far, researchers have uncovered 765 graves, including the remains of 124 individuals that date to between 18 weeks and 45 weeks after conception. The excellent preservation let researchers date the age of the remains at death. The researchers could also pinpoint month of death, as the graves were oriented toward the rising sun, something that changes predictably throughout the year. [See Images of the Ancient Egypt Cemetery]
The results, combined with other information, suggested the peak period for births at the site was in March and April, and the peak period for conceptions was in July and August, when temperatures at the Dakhleh Oasis can easily reach more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).
The peak period for the death of women of childbearing age was also in March and April (exactly mirroring the births), indicating that a substantial number of women died in childbirth.
Although attempts have been made in the past to piece together ancient Egyptian birth patterns using census records, researchers say this is the first time that these patterns have been determined by looking at burials.
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Here, the burial of a child found in an 1,800-year-old cemetery at the Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt. CREDIT: Photo courtesy Lana Williams
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Does this coincide with the Nile flood season? Probably. Get them prego just before the planting season so they aint so fat they couldn’t pull the plow.
When it’s summer and it’s hot and sticky,
that’s not the time for dunkin’ dicky...
This reminds me of Exodus chapters 1 and 2, the survival of Moses.
What a relative paradise life in pre-islamic Egypt must have been.
Yep, When the frost is on the pumpkin, that’s the time for dickey dunkin.
Yeah huh when theres a nip in the air
There’s nothing they have right.
Too hot to fish, but not too cold to go home.
While daytime temps were high, nighttime temps were probably reasonable.
what you are saying is that the nights were hotter than the days
These were two hundred and forty thousand Egyptians of the warrior class, who revolted and went over to the Ethiopians for the following cause: ... had served as outposts for three years and no one relieved them from their guard; accordingly they took counsel together, and adopting a common plan they all in a body revolted from Psammetichos and set out for Ethiopia. Hearing this Psammetichos set forth in pursuit, and when he came up with them he entreated them much and endeavoured to persuade them not to desert the gods of their country and their children and wives: upon which it is said that one of them pointed to his privy member and said that wherever this was, there would they have both children and wives.
Herodotus, “The Histories”, book II “Euterpe”, tr by G. C. Macaulay
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