Effects of the Nile River

Of the many subjects that triggered my thoughts this week, one of the biggest issues that struck me was the unfortunate fact that the flooding of the Nile River causes archaeologists to lose more and more of the ancient Egyptian society that has yet to be uncovered.  I understand that this is sort of thing happens for almost every archaeology site; as time passes on, it becomes harder and harder to discover what past societies left behind.  However, it seems ironic to me that the source of life for so many Egyptians in past ages also wipes away a good amount of what they left behind.  As Bard states on page 56 of An Introduction to the Archeology of Ancient Egypt, “While Egypt in all periods has depended on the Nile for its subsistence, the river has also created problems of preservation of ancient settlements that archaeologists must try to understand.”  One of the biggest topics that we focused on this week was the questionable chronology of Ancient Egypt.  As William Ward discusses in the article we read from him this week, there is much uncertainty about the exact dates of the Egyptian chronology.  Perhaps if the Nile River hadn’t caused so much destruction throughout the years, we would have more evidence left behind of the true dates of Egypt’s past.  This is just one of the examples of the things we might not ever be able to confirm, simply because of the natural ways of the planet.  And I’m not saying this can be helped.  Humans have done enough destruction to this world; I think it’s quite right that this great river does its natural thing.  If we lived in a perfect world, archaeologists would obtain permission to uncover the rest of the ancient society before anything else is destroyed for good.  However, this world is far from perfect, and I suppose we’ll just have to accept the fact that it’s not meant to be.