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The oldest basketry found in Egypt dates to the Neolithic period (ca. 5900–4000 BCE). In the Fayum Oasis, about 100 km (60 miles) southwest of Cairo, grain storage pits were excavated in the desert floor, lined with coarse straw basketry (Fig. 1).

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Neolithic grain storage pit lined with coarse coiled straw basketry, excavated in 2005. Photograph UCLA/RUG Fayum Project.

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Wendrich, W. (2008). Basketry in Ancient Egypt. In: Selin, H. (eds) Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Springer, Dordrecht.

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