Last updated on: 7/10/2013 | Author:

3100 BC – The Domesticated Cow Appears in Ancient Egyptian Civilization

At least as early as 3100 B.C.E., the domesticated cow had been introduced to, or had been separately domesticated in, Northern Africa.

In Ancient Egypt, the domesticated cow played a major role in Egyptian agriculture and spirituality.

Attesting to its central role in Egyptian life, the cow was deified. The Egyptians “held the cow sacred and dedicated her to Isis, goddess of agriculture; but more than that, the cow was a goddess in her own right, named Hathor, who guarded the fertility of the land.”