Land of Punt

June 19, 2007 at 6:43 am | Posted in Land of Punt | Leave a comment

The Land of Punt

Frankincense and myrrh were the main trading exports of the land of Punt.
Frankincense and myrrh were the main trading exports of the land of Punt.

Somalia together with Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti (collectively known as the Horn of Africa), were known to the Ancient Egyptians as the Land of Punt.

The earliest definite record of contact between Ancient Egypt and Punt comes from an entry on the Palermo stone during the reign of Sahure of the Fifth Dynasty (around 2250 BC).

It says in one year 80,000 units of myrrh and frankincense was brought to Egypt from Punt as well as other quantities of goods that were highly valued in Ancient Egypt. Between the Thirteenth and Seventeenth Dynasties, the contact between Egypt and Punt was broken.

This was due to the fact that Egypt was invaded by the Hyksos. The fifth ruler in the Eighteen Dynasty of Egyptian Pharaohs was Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Tutmose III. She became Queen in the year 1493 BC and made a landmark expedition to the land of Punt which is recorded on the walls of the Deir ci-Bahari temple located in Alexandria.

Her eight ships sailed to Puntland and came back with cargoes of fine woods, ebony, myrrh, cinnamon and incense trees to plant in the temple garden.

 

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