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Egyptian predynastic culture named after the site of El Amrah and dating to the period c.3250 to 2850bc, emerging out of the earlier Badarian Culture. Few settlements are known, but large cemeteries such as the one at Nagada provide much information about the culture which displays a high level of skill in stoneworking and in the production of painted pottery. Copper also began to be worked in this period. The dead were buried in a crouched position with rich grave goods including pottery, personal ornaments, ivory combs, and figurines, all probably intended for use in the afterlife.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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