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Grade 6 Observes Ancient Egypt Artifacts
"The Nile River was essential to life in ancient Egypt because it helped the economy thrive and was a significant part of the ancient Egyptian culture. Early settlers in ancient Egypt settled in the Nile River Valley because ancient Egypt was surrounded by desert on all sides, and the Nile was the only place to collect fresh water in the area. In addition, the area around the Nile was a fertile valley that was good for growing crops and other vegetation, which would not be able to grow without the Nile. "
“The culture of Ancient Egyptians was shaped by life and resources brought to the area by the Nile River. Egyptian society was complex and everybody needed to work to contribute to their thriving culture. Due to the variety of resources that the Nile provided, Egyptians were able to create a flourishing society of workers, including water, wheat and papyrus collectors, farmers and fishermen, bread makers and pyramid builders. Many important Egyptian jobs centered around the skiff. A skiff is a narrow boat made from papyrus used to fish and trade goods. According to TCI, “People caught fish from rivers, lakes, and seas. They hunted water birds and other animals that gathered near water.” This evidence clearly shows that the importance of the Nile River to Egyptian culture, specifically their jobs and their daily lives.”
“The Nile River advanced and strengthened the economy of the Ancient Egyptians. By living near the Nile River, Egyptians had access to economic advantages that many civilizations did not have including the ability to make baskets, sandals and rope. All of these goods came from the resource, papyrus, which grew along the Nile River. After analyzing various artifacts, one learns the impact papyrus had on boosting Egyptian economy by providing endless resources to build boats, shoes, paper, roofs and huts. As a result of the goods provided by the Nile River, other civilizations wanted to trade with Egyptians. TCI points out that “water was used as transportation [and] towns near the sea could trade with countries far away.” Clearly this shows that the ancient Egyptians’ economy was based on the Nile River and also shows not only that the Nile River was used for food and plants, it also was used for transportation. The location to the Nile benefitted the Egyptians because they could trade products provided by the Nile with countries far away which is crucial to realize when considering how important the Nile River was and still is today to the economy of the Egyptians.”