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The Wonderful Land of Punt
To the ancient Egyptians, the land of Punt, with its reed, beehive shaped houses raised on stilts above water, was the most exotic and mysterious of places to visit, and from which to receive visitors, for more than once the Royalty of Punt came to the court of the Pharaoh in Egypt. It seems to have been considered by them a most unique haven; an emporium of goods for both king and gods, and gradually acquired an air of fantasy, like that of an Eldorado or Atlantis. For this reason, it was sometimes featured in narrative tales such as the Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor.
The people of Punt, at first are depicted with dark-reddish complexions and fin features wearing long hair, but by the 18th Dynasty, they had apparently adopted a more close cropped hair style.
We know of trading missions sent to Punt by the Egyptians dating from at least Egypt's 5th Dynasty, while our latest definite record of a Punt expedition comes from the 20th Dynasty reign of Ramesses III
"...loading of the ships very heavily with marvels of the country of Punt; all goodly fragrant woods of God's-Land, heaps of myrrh resin, with fresh myrrh trees, with ebony and pure ivory, with green gold of Emu, with cinnamon wood, khesyt wood, with two kinds of incense, eye-cosmetics, with apes, monkeys, dogs, and with skins of the southern panther, with natives and their children. Never was brought the like of this for any king who has been since the beginning"
Baboon Mummy Tests Reveal Ethiopia and Eritrea as Ancient Egyptians' 'Land of Punt'
The team had permission to use baboon hairs from two of the mummies, and have just finished analyzing hairs from these baboons by using oxygen isotope analysis. Oxygen isotopes act as a 'signal' that can let scientists know where they came from. It works this way because, depending on the environment an animal lived in, the ratio of different isotopes of oxygen will be different. “Oxygen tends to vary as a function of rainfall and the water composition of plants and seed,” said Professor Nathaniel Dominy of UC Santa Cruz, who is on the team. The researchers compared the oxygen isotope values in the ancient baboons to those found in their modern day brethren. “All of our specimens in Eritrea and a certain number of our specimens from Ethiopia – that are basically due west from Eritrea – those are good matches,” said Professor Dominy.
“We think Punt is a sort of circumscribed region that includes eastern Ethiopia and all of Eritrea.”
Very interesting how things are suddenly being "found" after years and years of being "missing".
According to archeologists, the Sahara was much more densely populated more than twenty thousand years ago when the desert's climate was not as arid as it is today. Fossils, rock art, stone artifacts, bone harpoons, shells, and many other items have been found in areas which today are considered too hot and dry to inhabit. The artifacts were located near remains of giraffe, elephant, buffalo, antelopes, rhinoceros, and warthog, as well as those of fish, crocodiles, hippopotamuses, and other aquatic animals, indicating the presence of lakes and swamps in the Sahara.
Originally posted by Maegnas
reply to post by BeastMaster2012
You are probably referring to the theory presented in the BBC documentary series "The Incredible Human Journey", which discusses just this, the routes taken and the means employed (plus some dating attempts) of the expansion of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (that's us!) out of Africa. Look for torrents of it, it is a good watch (some parts of some episodes are a bit "dull" discussing debunked theories on and on but all in all, an interesting presentation - plus that anthropologist presenting it is an eye candy, for a PhD ).
One cannot be right all the time or wrong all the time
This is an interesting topic, opened by Kiwi and, by the looks of it, "closed" by what you brought to our attention. It is threads like these that promote the high standard all threads should follow.
Originally posted by Phlegmi
The article mentions. I wonder if it possible be the Marsh Arabs that live on Lake Hammar .
beehive shaped houses raised on stilts above water
Originally posted by Kandinsky
Thanks for the reply Maegnas...I've a knack for writing threads that don't lend themselves to discussion.
Originally posted by IEtherianSoul9
reply to post by Kandinsky
Dang, you beat me to it. I was going to do a thread about this haha
Well done by the way. It's nice to know that Punt has finally been confirmed to reside in Ethiopia/Eritrea.