Ep. 007 – Old Kingdom Egypt Expands Its Reach

Today's episode is Episode 007 - Old Kingdom Egypt Expands Its Reach. In this episode we'll focus on the scope of Egypt's maritime reach during the Old Kingdom's fifth and sixth dynasties. Topics include the development and refinement of maritime technology like the sail and the hogging truss, the discovery of an ancient harbor at Wadi el-Jarf, and the mysterious land of Punt as it relates to the story of Harkhuf, the boy pharaoh Pepi II, and a pygmy from Nubia.

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  • Tomb inscriptions of Harkhuf. [link]

  2 comments for “Ep. 007 – Old Kingdom Egypt Expands Its Reach

  1. Alain Chabot
    September 30, 2017 at 11:26 am

    The link to the Egyptian History podcast provided above is no longer valid, Brandon. The url is now https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com

    • Brandon Huebner
      October 5, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you for the alert, Alain! It’s now pointing to the updated url.

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