El Badari Region Asyut, Egypt information, tours, prices, booking
El Badari region located on the east bank of the Nile at the edge of the eastern desert, Egypt. Moreover, El Badari region lies between Akhmim in Sohag and Asyut. In fact, El Badari region is a series of cemeteries which investigated by Petrie between 1922 and 1931. These ancient burial grounds stretch from Qaw El Kebir in the south to Matmar. Moreover, they served as burial grounds for the inhabitants of El Badari region. In fact, the inhabitants were of Middle Egypt from Predynastic times and Roman era. El Badarai region encompasses cemeteries at El Hammamiya and El Badari. Moreover, El Badari region also house cemeteries of Mostagedda, Deir Tasa and Matmar.
Many of the sites excavated during the early part of the 20th century. In fact, the finds at this site date back to the Badarian Period 5500 to 4000 BC. The area covers 35 km from south to north at the edge of the valley plain. Moreover, El Badari region comprises about 7000 recorded tombs. In fact, there are many artifacts which found during excavations. A distinctive pottery type identified which topped and polished red vessels. Petrie named it Badarian ware. Terracotta vessels and stone vases, ivory figurines and slate palettes also found. Moreover, large quantities of flint tools also found around many of the graves.
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In fact, the archaeologists gained much information about the Badarian culture from these objects. The people were early farmers in the Nile Valley and originated from an area of Upper Sudan. Skeletal remains show that they were tall people. Furthermore they wore their hair in plaits and garments woven. They made from flax or grass fibers and animal skins. Moreover, they were also hunters and fishermen, herded sheep and cattle. They cultivated cereals such as emmer and barley as well as lentils. Moreover, they also cultivated tubers to supplement their diet. They stored their food in large upright bins or jars which placed in holes in the ground.
Post holes, pits and ash hearths also found at El Badari region. The Badarian people were the first in Egypt to manufacture metal objects. In fact, the metal objects were in the form of copper beads and pins. Yet, they used flint and stone tools to create the beautiful pottery we see today in museums. The best known pottery of this period is the black-topped and burnished wares. In fact, they carried on into the Naqada Periods. The Badarian people influenced by the world around them. In fact, they produced textured pottery in the form of baskets. Moreover, they also produced gourds and vessels in animal form. The information about Predynastic burials comes from the cemeteries in Upper and Middle Egypt. It is while Lower Egypt revealed settlement sites from the period.