Egypt wasn't built in a day, but it did rise quickly

New timeline of ancient civilization's earliest days finds little time between earliest villages and dominant centralized state

By Andrew Grant, 12:27 PM September 9, 2013

One of the world’s most successful ancient civilizations didn’t take long to form. A new study assigns precise dates to ancient Egypt’s earliest years and finds that the transition from widely dispersed, small communities to a centralized state with powerful rulers took centuries less than previously thought.

“This is the first comprehensive study of this period that’s ever been accomplished,” says Sturt Manning, an archaeologist at Cornell University who was not involved in the research. “...

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