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Ancient Egyptian Transportation

Transportation Types In Ancient Egypt

 
There were many means of transportation in ancient Egypt. There were boats, ships, tanks, sleds, donkeys, camels, carrying chairs etc. It is interesting to note that one of the most common means of transportation was walking. The Egyptians used sandals, but when walking long distances, they seem to have carried them in their hands and put them on when they reach their destination. Especially the elderly have used walking sticks. 
 
One March day was between 20 and 40 kilometers. Many roads have to dig the canal. Transport chairs were supported by men, but they were apparently adapted and attached to the backs of donkeys. In later periods, they were used only for ostentation.  Sleds were wheeled vehicles, but they have not been widely used. The water was poured on the ground to facilitate the passage of the sleds.
 
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Ancient Egyptian Horse

 
The horses were brought to Egypt by the Hyksos invading army at the end of the Middle Kingdom. Horses were generally used to pull two-wheeled chariots rather than mounted. In the New Kingdom, Egyptians began horse breeding and horses belonged to the military elite and the ruling class. For daily use, even the pharaohs preferred chariot. 
 
Ancient Egyptian Horse
 
 Ancient Egyptian Horse
 
Horses were introduced into Egypt by the Hykos the 17th century. Usually men would be held in the tank, which was like a little open carriage drawn by one or two horses. A chariot could go about 25 miles per hour. Horses were monitored and controlled by the reins. But as they were expensive to maintain, they served only for the rich and has never been a popular means of transport.  
 
 

Ancient Egyptian Camel

 
Occasional and infrequent mention of camel or dromedary hump may be encountered as part of the Early Dynastic period. But not before the foreign conquerors of Assyrians, Persians, and Alexander the Great were these animals brought in more in Egypt. By the Ptolemaic period, camels were used as the main animals for transportation across the desert.

The animal that most Egyptians owned or leased a camel. Camels were introduced into Egypt in large numbers by the Persians invade. The Egyptians wanted camels because they could go a long way without water, food, and rest. They could also carry heavy loads on their backs. It was so important that the camels could go a long way without water, because there was not much water or food in the deserts where the Egyptians lived.
  
Ancient Egyptian Camel

 

Ancient Egyptian Donkey

 
 Domestic animals such as donkeys and mules were the charge carriers most common in ancient Egypt and were used for agriculture. The donkeys were domesticated in the fourth millennium BC and were used almost exclusively for land travel up to the Persian period.Donkeys, "beasts" have been used to carry loads and were therefore in ancient Egypt. They were kept in large numbers across Egypt, despite their not very docile. Under the Ramesside Temple of Amun had only 11 million donkeys on his land.

Ancient Egyptian Donkey

Ancient Egyptian Donkey

 

Ancient Egyptian Boats and ships Transportation

 
A community settled on the Nile, would obviously make use of the waterway, an excellent means of transport. Rafts, boats and ships have been widely used. Not all people in boats. These range from small canoes to large barges to transport heavy freight. Since wood is scarce and expensive are usually made from reeds that grew along the banks of the Nile.


Ancient Egyptian Boats and ships Transportation


Ancient Egyptian Boats and ships Transportation

Their boats were a little smaller than a boat and they were made of straw. Egyptians moved their rowboats. Ferries too carried away. The speed of the river depended on the direction of the road, the wind and current, the boat and its crew. In general, we do not go on the Nile in the dark. One of the reasons why Egypt grew rich was the transportation of raw materials and export of finished products. A more or less feasible transport was a major reason for their prosperity.
 
 
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