John Darnell, says AP, the mission head of a Yale University archeological dig near Kharga Oasis, approximately 300 miles south of Cairo in the Western Desert, reported the discovery of a trading establishment dated over 3500 years old. The new discovery is about a thousand years older than other remains around Kharga Oasis. Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced the discovery August 25, 2010, by the American-Egyptian archeological team.
Items discovered so far indicate that the site could possibly have been a food production center, as it had a massive baking operation. The site is on a route that, thousands of years ago, was a busy trade highway equivalent between Egypt’s oases, the Nile Valley, and Sudan. Use of that route reached its peak towards the end of the Middle Kingdom (1786 – 1685 B.C.)
The Middle Kingdom, an era in Egypt’s history from 2125 – 1650 B.C., was a relatively peaceful time. Pyramid building was resumed, and trade increased significantly. The production of crops was significantly increased, gold mining became more important, and quarries were dug to provide materiel for building projects. Non-Egyptians moved to the fertile Nile Valley to take advantage of the new prosperity. These things combined allowed for the flourishing of trade routes and increased wealth for those businessmen adept at building rapport with buyers, sellers, and employees.
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