Animal Husbandry in Ancient Egypt during the Old and Middle Kingdoms

Paul Jones


This publication explores animal husbandry practices and their relevance in the daily life of the Egyptians of the Old and Middle Kingdoms and their modern day parallels, of which there are many. Such a study is paramount in understanding how the ancient Egyptians ministered to their herds and developed their unique understanding of farmed animal behaviour. By an examination of scenes of daily life taken from chapel and tomb wall art as they relate to animal husbandry practices from the Old and Middle Kingdoms, Dr Jones compares and contrasts these illustrated practices with “modern” day examples, where applicable. In many cases, his research has indicated that nothing has changed over the period of 5,000 years in many parts of the world, thus emphasising that the ancient Egyptians were highly advanced and skilled in their understanding of those animals that were the focus of their husbandry practices. These practices are the basis of many activities that are still in vogue in parts of the developed and undeveloped worlds.



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Imprint: Abercromby Press

ISBN: 978 1 912246 09 0

Pages: xvii + 293; 156 figs.

Format: Hardback

Published: 3/19/2021

Copyright: 2021