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Ancient Egypt's Contribution to River Civilizations: The Big Five

This is a presentation about five of the main contributions that Ancient Egypt made to the ancient river civilizations
by Lance Tan on 6 December 2012

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All of the big public works and the need to irrigate the Nile River and build canals meant that the ruler or Pharaoh needed help. He had to have a government with officials who could help him organize all of these projects which included the workers and collecting taxes
to help pay for the projects. All modern governments
today have bureaucracies. Ancient Egypt:
5 Main Contributions to Ancient River Civilizations Ancient Egyptians Developed a Way to Control the Nile Ancient Egyptians learned to control the Nile River by digging a series of canals and building dams. They learned that the success of their farming depended on
controlling the floods.
This allowed them to have
surplus food, more people,
and time to do other things,
such as art and trade. Today,
people still build dams and
canals to control rivers. Writing and Record-Keeping The Egyptians had an early form of writing called Hieroglyphics. They later developed hieratic script, which was based on hieroglyphics but made it easier for scribed t write more quickly. The Egyptians invented papyrus, the first paper. Writing, paper and record-keeping were a major contribution to ancient river civilization.

-King Narmer united Upper and Lower Egypt, the ancient river
civilization's first big central and unified government. Our
country is 50 states united under one nation with a national
governement. Lawrence Tan-M/J World History Ancient Egypt: Five Big Ones

Ancient Egyptians built great public works. These weren't just important because they were big building projects, tombs or temples. They were significant because to build them required advanced engineering, science and astronomy. Advances in science were one of the main contributions Ancient Egypt made to ancient river civilization. Science like this is still used in building and architecture. Pyramids and other big public works: Ancient Egyptians formed a more complex form of government that included a big bureaucracy. Unified and Centralized Government I love pyramids, so I would display models of pyramids and also try and show all the techniques they used that are still used today such as using the stars as a reference, all the calculations they did for the geometry and building the pyramids, etc. I would display a model like this and show some kind of chart that showed how the government and society were organized from the pharoahs to the scribes ad artisans and down to the workers and farmers. For display, I would have a model of the the canals and dams so the museum visitors could see how complicated it was. For display, I would try and get an actual example of the hieroglyphics and the papyrus. I would also display a statue of the scribes, because I have seen those in museums. I would also show how papyrus was made, from the plant, all the way to the paper. We still use paper for writing today even though we have computers. My mom says court reporters, and programs like Siri are the modern day scribes. The modern government officials still record what that they do and say. For this, I would have a statue of King Narmer, a display of the crowns and a map showing Upper and Lower Egypt how it was in Ancient Egypt during King Narmer's rule.
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