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Talia Avakian
Updated September 04, 2018

Archeologists have discovered one of the oldest villages to date in Egypt’s Nile Delta.

The country's Antique Ministry announced on Sunday the discovery of the ancient village, which dates back to the Neolithic era, predating the countries pharaohs. According to ministry officials, the findings in the village date as far back as 5,000 B.C., about 2,500 years before the country’s famed pyramids of Giza were built.

The team of Egyptian and French archeologists heading the excavation in Tell al-Samara, in Egypt’s northern province, located several storage silos filled with animal bones and plant residues dating back thousands of years.

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The archeologists also found pottery and stone tools indicating agriculture techniques used by communities in the Delta’s wetlands in ancient times.

The discovery can help to provide researchers with new information into what life was like for prehistoric communities living in the Delta during the 5th millennium B.C., helping to further discover the origins of agriculture throughout Egypt.

Ministry officials said scientists will use the new materials and other organic materials found in the site to study how prehistoric communities were able to live in the area.

The announcement comes after several historic findings in the country in the last year, including the tomb of an ancient priestess and one of the earliest-known solid pieces of cheese.

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