Will We Ever Discover the Elusive Land of Punt?
Baboons… bearing baboons. (Karen Green/ CC BY SA 2.0 )
The ancient hair samples were compared with hair samples of modern animals living in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen, Uganda, and Mozambique. The researchers decided it is most likely the animals were brought from eastern Ethiopia and Eritrea. But there is still more hidden about Punt from our peering eyes. For example, a precise location with sound supporting evidence has yet to be found.
Finally, it is worth noting that although the Land of Punt was delegated to the realm of myth and folklore following the 18th Dynasty, more recent findings have made it clear Punt was not a mythical place – it is a real location that is still waiting to be found.
Egyptian expedition to Punt during the reign of Hatshepsut. (Hans Bernhard/ CC BY SA 3.0 )
Top Image: Members of Hatshepsut's trading expedition to the mysterious 'Land of Punt' from this pharaoh's elegant mortuary temple at Deir El-Bahri. Source: CC BY 2.0