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Transcript of Farming life
By: Samantha Herrling
Flooding was very predictable and gentle. The Nile would flood in July, it would overflow the banks of the Nile. This is called the inundation. which means "Flooding". The flooding also brought fertile soil from the south which was also called ''silt''.
Irrigation channels had to be repaired and boundaries reestablished. The government had corvee workers repair the canals every year.
The shaduf is an invention that lifted water. The counter weight made the water seem lighter.
Make it work Ancient Egypt By Andrew Haslam & Alexandra Parsons 1995
The Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World
The Egyptian's most important crop was wheat. They also grew barley, vegetables, figs, melons, pomegranates and vines.
The Egyptians also grew flax to make linen cloth.
In Ancient Egypt, there was lots of help when the havest season came around. Sometimes the army would come and help. Everyone helped to get the crops harvested.
The Egyptian's would harvest the crops between March and June. They needed to get the fields harvested fast, because they needed to finish before the heat of summer. They also had to repair the irrigation ditches before the next flood.
After they harvested the grain, they would load it up on donkeys and cows. The wheat would be brought to the threshing floor. At the threshing floor, they would seperate the grain from the stalk.
Instead of the Egyptian's getting the stalk out by hand, they had cows or donkeys walk over the crop to get the stalk off. Another method was to throw the wheat seeds in the air to get the straw and chaff out. Instead of hand picking the stalk out by hand, the straw and chaff would just blow away. This was called ''winnowed''.
Sickles were used for cutting the wheat.
The shaduf is a tool that helps the Egyptians bring water from the river to the field. It lifts the water up to the field with a bucket.