By: Middle East Affairs
The antiquities ministry said in a statement on Sunday: “A 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 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,” the ministry said.
Nadia Khedr, a ministry official responsible for Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities on the Mediterranean said: “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.”
It should be noted that tain-based Neolithic farming may hold vital clues to a technological leap that led to irrigation-based farming along the Nile.