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Ancient Egypt: The Harvest Cycle

The following activities should help understanding the harvest cycle in ancient Egypt. You’ll also study the geography of the Nile River and Nile River Valley.

The Nile River usually began flooding its banks in June during the rainy season and began going down in September. From October to February crops were planted. Harvest time took place from March through May. Compare the ancient Egyptian harvest cycle to the harvest cycle of where you live now. Create a month-by-month comparison chart.

Do you live in an area that has a longer or shorter growing season than ancient Egypt?

What are some of the crops grown during the ancient Egyptian era?
Can these be grown in your area?
If not, why?
What can you grow that wasn’t grown in ancient Egypt?
Why? (i.e., not a common food then in that area, climate, soil type, etc.)


Vocabulary words: channel, delta, silt, topsoil, irrigation, drought, flood.

Pretend you are a merchant in ancient Egypt. You sell your goods all along the Nile River.
1. What would be the easiest means of transporting your good to market?
2. Do you think you would sell more stuff in Upper Egypt or Lower Egypt? Why?

To help you answer these questions, visit Life in Ancient Egypt, Farming in Ancient Egypt, and Aspects of Egyptian Life.

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