Members of Hatshepsut's trading expedition to the mysterious 'Land of Punt' from this pharaoh's elegant mortuary temple at Deir El-Bahri.

Will We Ever Discover the Elusive Land of Punt?

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Baboons… bearing baboons.

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.

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

By April Holloway


April, not likely. The Egyptians had very little experience of sea navigation. The Minoans did, the Phoenicians did. Both traded with Egypt. Egyptian knowledge of Minoans was very limited, the Kaftui visited them to trade goods, they were known as coming from the islands they didn't have a clue where they were, it was an asymmetrical sea trade. The Minoan trade network was vast, it extended at least to Spain, but probably to Britanny/Britain for tin, that they needed to make bronze. Egyptian expeditions went anticlockwise around the med with the natural currents (you gain about 2 knots speed if you do, being in mind that under oar you can only go about 4-5 knots and losing 2knots if you have to row against a current is a big deal), across the pillars of Hercules to Africa along this coast then on the Egypt, up to Phoenician ports, then cypress and back to Crete. You pick up all this stuff on route.
I seem to remember reading that the land of punt was Madagascer, this would have been from the spanish port around the african coast, any trade goods could then be made available to other ports in the med through this node.

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