Scaring Birds: The concept of the Scarecrow in Ancient Egypt

Document Type : Original Research Articles



Throughout history scarecrows were made and used by various cultures round the world. Generally the scarecrow is the straw object set up in the fields and gardens to scare birds away from the crops are growing. In ancient Egypt various methods were used with the same concept as the scarecrow to protect the harvest from birds’ attacks. The research displays and discusses these methods that appeared throughout the different periods of the ancient Egyptian history. To achieve the aim of the study the descriptive and analytical methodology will be employed. In spite of the lack of references that clearly and directly deal with the ancient Egyptian scarecrow the study resulted in certain important points including the three main methods that were used to scare birds as scarecrow in fields and gardens and were represented in the ancient Egyptian harvest scenes: bird netting (the ground net), scarer, and corn dolly


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