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Keywords:

  • Discriminant functions;
  • Abydos;
  • Ancient Egyptian;
  • Dynastic Egyptian;
  • Nile Valley

Abstract

An analysis of First Dynasty crania from Abydos was undertaken using multiple discriminant functions. The results demonstrate greater affinity with Upper Nile Valley patterns, but also suggest change from earlier craniometric trends. Gene flow and movement of northern officials to the important southern city may explain the findings.