If you are thinking of Egypt you may be thinking of pyramids, ancient rulers, and mummies. These are the images of Egypt that have been made popular by movies. This is not the only part of Egyptian culture.
Egypt has always been the land of mystery. It is difficult to determine the facts from the myths about this country. This is the land of the pharaohs but there are many things that you do not know about. There are some facts about Egypt below that may surprise you.
Home of the Oldest Dress
The oldest dress in the world found in Egypt. In 1913, this dress was taken out of the tomb in Tarkhan. In 2015, the University of Oxford devices to date the dress, and it is 5,500 years old. An approximate date for when the dress was made dates back to 3482 to 3102 BCE. This was then said to be the oldest dress in the world. This dress is now housed at the University College at the London Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.
Pyramids Built by Salaried Employees
While it was thought that slaves built the pyramids many of them got paid. Herodotus is now said to be built by employees and not laborers that spent countless hours working in the heat. As suggested by archaeological evidence the pyramids were built by paid employees. Around 5,000 salaried workers worked on the pyramids as well as an additional 20,000 temporary workers.
The Egyptians played a game called Senet or Senat which is the oldest board game. This game is dated back to 3100 BC. This game had three rows with ten squares each of which is called the house. The player will throw a stick to move their pieces around the squares. This game may not have formal rules and no one knows exactly what the rules were.
Not all Egyptians were Mummified
Mummies were an important part of ancient Egypt. They were made famous by many movies, books, video games, and other forms of entertainment. Not every person that died in Egypt was turned into a mummy. This process took a lot of time and it was expensive. Only the very rich were able to afford it. When the average person died in Egypt they were buried in desert pits.
Egypt is a land where there are a long and rich history and culture. This is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. There are many interesting things about this land and the people that lived there. You can do some online research and find out more information on this ancient land.