Tablet with Survey of Barley Yields
This clay tablet mentions a survey of eleven fields with their dimensions and barley yields. Neo-Sumerian period, 2039 BCE, year eight in the reign of King Amar-Suen of Ur. From Mesopotamian, Iraq. (The British Museum, London).
Stone for harvest offerings
The stone Kernos for food offerings of the collected harvest, the Minoan settlement of Malia, Crete (1650-1450 BCE).
Egyptian Statuette of a Peasant Using a Hoe
This painted wooden statuette depicts a man wearing a kilt and holding what appears to be a hoe or a mattock. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, 2345-2181 BCE. From tomb 45 at Asyut, modern-day Egypt. (The British Museum, London).
A Roman bronze hoe, 1st-3rd century CE. Empuries (Emporiae), Spain. (Archaeological Museum, Empuries)
Egyptian Desert Hare Hunting
An Egyptian servant is carrying two desert hares as offering to Nebamun, a rich Egyptian accountant. This photo is a detail of a larger procession of agricultural offerings. From the tomb of Nebamun (c. 1350 BCE). British Museum, London...
A Roman bronze pick, 1st-3rd century CE. Empuries (Emporiae), Spain. (Archaeological Museum, Empuries)
Pilgrims Approach a Farm Couple
A group of Medieval pilgrims approach a couple who stand outside their farm. From the game Old World.
Assessment of Crops in Egypt
Wall painting from the Tomb of Nebamun, c. 1350 BCE, Thebes, Egypt. British Museum.
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