Naqada I

Naqada I (c. 4000 bc to 3500 bc) - Amratian-  was a period in Ancient Egyptian history that covered the period from 3800 bc to 3500 bc. It is also referred to as the Amratian Period. It coexisted with the Badarian Period, to eventually supersede it. This period was contemporary with Nubian Ta-Seti /A Group.

Geographic distribution

Naqada I was south of the region of the Badarian Culture. Roughly between Luxor and Abydos. The latter region represented a major route connecting the eastern Red Sea to the oases in the west. Its heart seemed to have been Qena spreading north to Asiut and possibly to Faiyum. It spread as far south as slightly pass the first cataracts. 


It was known for unique ceramic wares. Pottery of this period was marked by complete redish color or with black top rims. Plates and dishes were present. Pots were flat at the bottom with conical shape rising to a narrow top.

Decoration was typically creamed colored lines on the red pottery. Nile Valley animals were represented--hippopotamuses and crocodiles. For the first time in Egyptian History we see the representation of boats. Human figures appear in daily activities. 

In addition, female figurines began to appear more frequently. Bearded men and ivory sticks began to be sketched on pendants. Disk shaped maceheads were buried with high ranking male officials.