Skip to comments.New timeline for origin of ancient Egypt [RC dating of 1st dynasty]
Posted on 09/04/2013 6:17:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
A team from the UK found that the transformation from a land of disparate farmers into a state ruled by a king was more rapid than previously thought.
Using radiocarbon dating and computer models, they believe the civilisation's first ruler -- King Aha -- came to power in about 3100BC...
Lead researcher Dr Michael Dee, from the Research Laboratory for Archaeology at the University of Oxford, said: "The formation of Egypt was unique in the ancient world. It was a territorial state; a state from which the moment it formed had established borders over a territory in much the same way we think of nations today...
With no written records from this very early period, a timeline has been based on the evolving styles of ceramics unearthed from human burial sites.
Now though, scientists have used radiocarbon dating of excavated hair, bones and plants, with established archaeological evidence and computer models to pinpoint when the ancient state came into existence.
Previous records suggested the pre-Dynastic period, a time when early groups began to settle along the Nile and farm the land, began in 4000BC. But the new analysis revealed this process started later, between 3700 or 3600BC...
Archaeologists believe Egypt's first king, Aha, came to power after another prominent leader, Narmer, unified the land.
The team was also able to date the reigns of the next seven kings and queens -- Djer, Djet, Queen Merneith, Den, Anedjib, Semerkhet and Qa'a -- who with Aha formed Egypt's first dynasty.
The model suggests that King Djer may have ruled for more than 50 years. This is such a long period, it raises the possibility that there may have been other kings or queens of Egypt that we do not know about or that the state may have collapsed and reformed.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
Bit of an Aha moment, I suppose.
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Posted on 01/30/2008 12:36:38 AM EST by Fred Nerks
Born in Babylonia, moved to Arizona.
hmmm...Narmer was only a community organizer who had dreams of being king...why does that sound SOOOO familiar????
50 years for Djer/Zer? I thought at this stage they put the king to death when he became too old and weak to rule.
Maybe Djer was one really mean dude! Who just lived and lived and killed all who oposed him! Such things have happened—think Franco in Spain.
“King Aha “
* Rather obscure Stooges reference. Sorry!
Had a condo made of stone-a.
I don’t know if Djer was a mean dude in life, but he certainly was after he died. During the first dynasty, it was customary to kill the king’s servants, concubines, jesters, and even dogs and donkeys, and bury them in graves surrounding the tomb, so they could serve Pharaoh in the afterlife. Djer got the most “satellite burials” of anyone = 318! In fact, a recent National Geographic article suggested that the first dynasty was overthrown in a revolution, led by those servants who didn’t want to die when their master did. None of the pharaohs later on practiced this custom; instead the priests buried them with statues and pictures of servants, who were supposed to magically turn into the real thing.
Yeah, he sounds like a bit of a Djerk.