Gallery 101 - Predynastic and Early Dynastic Period
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Objects in this room span from the beginnings of human presence in the Nile valley (around three hundred thousand years ago) to the introduction of writing and a unified state around 3000 B.C. Most of the objects were found in burials; their good preservation is largely due to the arid climate along the desert fringes where cemeteries were located. Decorated vessels, stone palettes, and ivory carvings introduce themes that survived throughout the three thousand years of ancient Egyptian history.