While I was reading the text for week two I noticed many similarities within the practices of the different regions discussed of Egypt. Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt shared the idea of importing goods to their communities. Both regions received imported goods like oil, wine, and beer in pottery containers. As the time passes, the differences within pottery styles merges and Upper Egypt craftsmanship is used in Lower Egypt. Along with the migration of pottery came that of burial rituals. By the Naqada III times communities of Lower Egypt had began using burial techniques such as burying the dead with animals and physical objects that were thought of as luxuries. This change in cultural makes sense with the Nile flowing as it does.
People began to settle more north and brought their traditions with them. The communities at each archaeology site were not thought to be large at any given time so the integration of new ways probably did not take long if it had good supporting evidence. The practice of the two regions’ farming and living techniques also merged. The cultivation of wheat and barley as well as herding cattle, sheep, goats and pigs is shared. All this is evidence to support why the two regions were comfortable with converging as one nation. Their cultural practices were slowing fusing as one with slight differences because of the regional environments.
The one striking difference that seems to stay constant is the way of laying the dead in their burial sites. My conclusion to why the heads face opposite directions is because there was something about the Nile that the people created a philosophy of burying the dead in the direction of the Nile. As time has passed the Nile continues to prove to be very important for the existence of humans and so at death it makes sense that the body be placed in such a way that it pays respect to the waters that allowed their community to prosper.