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Archaeologists have uncovered the earliest known agricultural settlement from ancient Egyp. The 7,000-year-old farming-village site includes evidence of domesticated animals and crops-providing a major breakthrough in understanding the enigmatic people of the Neolithic, or late Stone Age, period and their lives long before the appearance of the Egyptian pharaohs, reported National Geographic. The discoveries were made as a team of Dutch and U.S. archaeologists dug deeper into a previously -excavated mound of sand concealing the ancient village in the Faiyum depression, a fertile oasis region about 80 kilometers southwest of Cairo. Also unearthed were the remains of sheep, goats, and pigs-which, along with the grains, were imported from the Middle East.