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  • Way back when, in ancient Egypt, Egyptians needed a civilization. They were very smart people so they made their civilizations near the Nile River. The Nile is the largest river in the world and it had a flood every year. They used the water in the river to float limestone blocks to the construction site and for the irrigation system. Some of the water in this irrigation system is from the Nile delta. This delta was formed from big cataracts wearing down the walls of the river.
  • River
  • In this time, the Egyptians were still building lots of things. They had a lot of architecture and farming. When the river flooded they got a lot of good silt for the farmland. They had farmers, builders, priests and many other jobs. The majority of the people were farmers because the farmers were lower ranked.
  • Architecture
  • During this time period, Egypt was divided into two civilizations. In Upper Egypt, the people wore red crowns, and in Lower Egypt, they wore white crowns. This was during the first and second dynasties and there were pharaohs of each side. When Menes became ruler, he controlled all of Egypt, and wore both red and white crowns, from each civilization.
  • Crown
  • The civilization that Menes controlled was called the 'Old Kingdom'. The Old Kingdom was from a time period from very long ago and it came after the first and second dynasties. There are six different levels of social structure from poor to rich: Peasants, Artisans, Scribes, Priests, Government Officials and the Pharaoh.
  • Pharoh
  • Scribes
  • Artisians
  • Peasants
  • Priests
  • Government Officals
  • Social structure pyramid
  • The people in the old kingdom believed that the gods owned Egypt so they tried to protect the Blackland by having it surrounded by the Redland. Also, Egyptians were polytheistic which means they believed in many gods and worshipped them every day. Another thing was that they believed in the afterlife and thought it was a happy place.
  • Facemask
  • The Egyptians wanted to worship all of their leaders so they decided to make huge tombs for them in the form of pyramids. They wanted to have a point up going upward towards the gods because they believed the gods owned Egypt. This was another one of the many ways to worship the gods. The pyramids could be huge and they were constructed out of blocks that weighed almost 1000 pounds each.
  • Pyramid
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