Herodotus Returns

Signs of Ancient Egyptian mariners
January 13, 2010, 7:34 am
Filed under: Ancient Mariners, Egypt | Tags: ,

An ongoing dig along the Red Sea in Egypt has revealed remnants of a largely undocumented aspect of ancient Egyptian culture: sea-faring.

Boston University archeologist Kathryn Bard and her colleagues are uncovering the oldest remnants of seagoing ships and other relics linked to exotic trade with a mysterious Red Sea realm called Punt.

“They were the space launches of their time,’’ Bard said of the epic missions to procure wondrous wares.

Although Nile River craft are well-known, the ability of ancient Egyptian mariners to ply hundreds of miles of open seas in cargo craft was not so fully documented.

More on the story here, plus an article from National Geographic that recounts a 2006 dig for ancient sea-going ships in the same area. [Image: National Geographic].


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