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Ancient Egypt

More than 7,000 years ago the people of North Africa started to grow crops in the rich soil left behind on the banks of the River Nile after it flooded each year. Here, in the Nile Valley they built the rich and powerful civilization of ancient Egypt.

The vast majority of the beautiful objects now in the British Museum belonged to only the most wealthy and powerful people. It must be remembered that most ancient Egyptians could not afford to have tombs built, or have their body mummified after they died.

A map of Ancient Egypt