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Essay heading: The Agricultural Practices Of The Ancient Egyptians
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The basins constituted an immense natural reservoir that could hold water in reserve for six to eight weeks. In this sense, Egypt’s irrigation system was more a means of redistributing and rationing floodwaters (Brewer & Teeter 1999:25). Water was then allowed to flow from one basin to another following the slope of the land, while artificial channels carried water to the farthest area if the flood was low (Silverman 1998:60)...
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Water was then allowed to flow from one basin to another following the slope of the land, while artificial channels carried water to the farthest area if the flood was low (Silverman 1998:60). Moreover, Caminos (1997:8) describes how sluices and canals regulated the course and volume of the flow In addition, Quirke & Spencer (1992:16) explain how over the millennia, canals and dykes would have slowly modified local agriculture in two other respects: by increasing the cultivable area and by fostering second or third crops within a year in small select plots...
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