When I thought about ancient Egypt, the first things that came to mind were the desert and sacred alligators. Dry and sandy, short and snappy. It wasn't quite an accurate picture of Egyptian culture.
Yes, most ancient Egyptians lived very close to the river and avoided the desert, except for King Tut's highly unpopular grandfather. Check. However, the Nile actually has crocodiles, not alligators. Oops.
What Egypt actually had and exported on a massive level was flax linen. Linen is a light, sturdy, and easy-to-dry fabric that excels in dry climates, like the arid Egyptian desert. It wrinkles terribly, so I don't know how well the sacred crocodiles liked it, but local Egyptian spinners literally turned flax into gold by making and exporting mountains of linen.
Joseph & Aubrey Bjork
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