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Around 6,000 years ago, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers birthed the first ancient civilization known to man; Mesopotamia. Their entire land was upon the fertile crescent, during certain seasons farmers and land workers would plant and reap ingredients used in their day to day practices, including those used for incense. Read more for Mesopotamia's historical use of bakhoor.
One way the Ancient Egyptians were similar to us, was in their innate sense of smell. Though they did not discover the use of incense, or bakhoor as it is known in some regions, they are amongst the first to have recorded their use.