A Butcher, Baker and Beer Maker (Ipswich)
This wooden model was found in a tomb at Sedment in Egypt. It is from the time of the 9th Dynasty and dates from between 2160-2025 BC.
It shows people making bread and beer, grinding corn and butchering an ox. It was placed in the tomb so that the dead person would have someone to magically provide food and drink for them in the afterlife.
Bread and beer were the main food and drink because of the wheat and barley that grew so well in the rich Nile Valley mud. Breakfast and dinner were the two main meals
Here’s what else might be on the menu:
• Onions, garlic, leeks, lettuce and cucumbers.
• Dates, figs, melons and grapes.
• Fish, eggs, beans and lentils.
• Duck, goose, pork, lamb, beef and gazelle.
Though the rich ate more meat, most people had a healthy diet.
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