Walking like an Egyptian: It happened a lot sooner than you think
It appears that the first Pharaoh came to power in Egypt a lot sooner than was originally thought. (Image credit: Getty Images)
There's one less thing to argue about in our very contentious world.
Experts have long wrangled over the time frame when the North and South parts of Egypt were brought under a stable ruler for the first time. Well, thanks to a team led by Oxford University’s Michael Dee, the answer is as clear as a blue summer Egyptian sky.
Using radiocarbon measurements from more than 100 samples of hair, bones and plants in museums, the team calculated that King Aha took over the throne of a unified Egypt between 3111 and 3045. That's nearly a century before when many experts believed the first Pharaoh came to power in Egypt.
This momentous event marked the birth of a durable civilization in the Western Hemisphere.
“The origins of Egypt began a millennium before the pyramids were built, which is why our understanding of how and why this powerful state developed is based solely on archaeological evidence,” Dee was quoted as saying in Al Arabiya.
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