The Origins of Egypt: Before the Pharaohs with Dr. Jade Bajeot - Context Travel

The Origins of Egypt: Before the Pharaohs with Dr. Jade Bajeot


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Egypt always exerts a great fascination on anyone, but have you ever wondered what was there before the pharaohs? What was the path that led to the birth of the Egyptian civilization? Join a local expert specialized in the Egyptian Predynastic Period to discover the origins of the Egyptian civilization as we journey to the prehistoric period.

We will discover that once the Sahara was green and that for millennia people relayed on hunting and gathering before agriculture and animal breeding were introduced, probably from the Near East. We will discuss the close link between human groups with the rhythm of the Nile floods and the climate. We will get to know the Badari Culture, based on agriculture and pastoral activity, and its wonderful craftsmanship.

We will then retrace the main features of the later Lower Egyptian Culture and the Naqada Culture, characterizing respectively the Delta and the Nile Valley. The interaction between these two cultures and the expansion to the north of the Naqadan one ultimately led in 3100 BC to the birth of the state with the first pharaohs. In particular, the material culture and the funerary habits of these groups will help us to follow the growing complexity of society and to track the dynamics that lead to the formation of the Egyptian civilization. We will finally see how some predynastic iconographic elements will characterize it for three millennia.

Led by an expert on Egyptology, Jade Bajeot, this interactive seminar will help participants to better understand the origins of the Egyptian Civilization from 10.000 to 3100 BC., and to get to know the different cultures that characterized Egypt before it was unified under the power of only one ruler, the pharaoh. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the Egyptian prehistoric period.

Jade Bajeot has an MA in Egyptology, where her dissertation focus was on the ancient Egyptian fortification system. For her PhD in Archaeology she specialized in the prehistory of Egypt, in particular the unpublished data of the Italian excavations carried out in the predynastic site of Maadi (Cairo). During her PhD she spent six months in Cairo, at the French Institute of Archaeology (Ifao) where she had the opportunity to visit several archaeological sites. In 2014 she started to collaborate with the French mission that digs at Tell el-Iswid, a predynastic site located in the Nile Delta. She still works at Tell el-Iswid as a specialist in ceramic technology. She also had the opportunity to work at Tell el-Fara’in/Buto and Tell el-Samara (Nile Delta). She has published several papers on the subject and her PhD thesis has been published as a monograph.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Fascinating lecture

Jade's lecture on the origins of the ancient Egyptian culture was well presented and very interesting. Her explanation was simple and to the point and was illustrated with numerous examples that quickly took us through the background. Thank you for expertly answering some questions I have had!

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Fascinating lecture

Jade's lecture on the origins of the ancient Egyptian culture was well presented and very interesting. Her explanation was simple and to the point and was illustrated with numerous examples that quickly took us through the background. Thank you for expertly answering some questions I have had!