> Ships and pear-shaped maces
> WMF Petrie may have been the first traditional
> egyptologist to put forth the view publicly.
> Since then there have been a number of journal
> articles on the petroglyphs and pottery in Eastern
> Desert wadis,
> between the Red Sea and Nile River valley .
> Thor Heyerdahl also made a proof-of-concept voyage
> in the 1970s.
> Surprised with your many postings here, that this
> is the first you heard it ?
I thought you might have a source I was not aware of that mentioned this island. My interest was piqued. You also state this route as fact which truth be told it is hypothetical for now.
Another route (hypothetical) worth mentioning is from the Persian Gulf around the Arabian Peninsula and up the Red Sea:
When I first started my research on this subject long ago I favored this idea proposed by Winkler/Frankfort in the early 20th century to explain, among other things like the famous Naqada II Tomb 100 at Hierakonpolis, the predynastic rock art found between the Red Sea and Abydos which has been interpreted by some (like the ship depicted in Tomb 100 among other Mesopotamian motifs) to represent Mesopotamian ships. I am all in and find this, among other evidence, very compelling. The more I have learned over the years, however, there is even stronger evidence this Mesopotamian influence also came to Egypt from the north by way of the Levant so much so that some have argued Buto was even a Mesopotamian outpost for a time. And of course, as I have discussed many times, it is in the north at Saqqara that the elaborate Mesopotamian palace facade mastabas appear.
I am sure I am just talking to myself so I'll keep it short, but what I see are two points of Mesopotamian contact-one in the south by the AP/Red Sea route and the other more prolific contact from Mesopotamian outposts in the Levant.
The Red Sea contact I believe would have occurred during the 1st wave of the Uruk expansion c.3500BC and the second wave c.3200BC by way of the Mediterranean coast/Levant. Nice to see you find this idea compelling. For more see:
A Brief History of Predynastic Egypt
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