joint Egyptian and French mission discovered several storage
silos containing large quantities of animal and plant remains,
as well as pottery and stone tools, the antiquities ministry
said in a statement on Sunday.
The ministry said the find indicates that humans inhabited the
fertile Tell al-Samara, in the northern province of El-Dakahlia,
as early as the fifth millennium BC, far predating Egypt's
oldest known pyramid.
"Analysing the biological material that has been discovered will
present us with a clearer view of the first communities that
settled in the Delta and the origins of agriculture and farming
in Egypt," said Nadia Khedr, a ministry official responsible for
Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities on the Mediterranean.
Rain-based Neolithic farming may hold vital clues to a
technological leap that led to irrigation-based farming along
(Reporting by Sameh El-Khatib; Writing by Nadine Awadalla.
Editing by Jane Merriman)
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