Berenike and the Ancient Maritime Spice Route by Steven E. Sidebotham

By Steven E. Sidebotham

The mythical overland silk street was once now not the one option to achieve Asia for old tourists from the Mediterranean. in the course of the Roman Empire’s heyday, both vital maritime routes reached from the Egyptian purple Sea around the Indian Ocean. the traditional urban of Berenike, positioned nearly 500 miles south of today’s Suez Canal, used to be an important port between those conduits. during this e-book, Steven E. Sidebotham, the archaeologist who excavated Berenike, uncovers the position the town performed within the nearby, neighborhood, and “global” economies in the course of the 8 centuries of its life. Sidebotham analyzes the various artifacts, botanical and faunal is still, and countless numbers of the texts he and his crew present in excavations, offering a profoundly intimate glimpse of the folk who lived, labored, and died during this emporium among the classical Mediterranean global and Asia.

Retail caliber, problably simply got rid of the DRM.

Show description

Read Online or Download Berenike and the Ancient Maritime Spice Route PDF

Similar archaeology books

Dictionary of Artifacts

Containing with reference to 3,000 phrases and definitions, Dictionary of Artifacts is an vital reference for somebody operating in the box of archaeology. Entries element artifact’s type and typology; uncooked fabrics; equipment and methods of construction; ideas and methods of exam and identity; and directions for the care and renovation of specimens.

Tales of Gotham, Historical Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Microhistory of New York City

Old Archaeology of recent York urban is a suite of narratives approximately those who lived in ny urban through the 17th, eighteenth, and 19th centuries, humans whose lives archaeologists have encountered in the course of excavations at websites the place those humans lived or labored. The tales are ethnohistorical or microhistorical reports created utilizing archaeological and documentary info.

Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage

From 2d to fifth October 2012 a global Congress on technology and expertise for the conservation of Cultural historical past was once held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, geared up by way of the Universidade of Santiago de Compostela on behalf of TechnoHeritage community. The congress used to be attended through a few a hundred and sixty members from 10 nations, which awarded a complete of a hundred forty five contributions between plenary lectures, oral, and poster communications.

Religion and Social Transformations in Cyprus: From the Cypriot Basileis to the Hellenistic Strategos

This monograph makes a speciality of faith to discover how the socio-cultural infrastructure of Cyprus was once plagued by the transition from segmented management by way of many Cypriot kings to the island-wide executive through a overseas Ptolemaic correspondent. It techniques politico-religious ideological responses and constructions of symbolism during the learn of sacred landscapes, particular iconographic parts, and archaeological contexts and structure, in addition to via textual and epigraphic proof.

Extra resources for Berenike and the Ancient Maritime Spice Route

Example text

There was no cell-phone communication in this part of Egypt at that time, nor was there fax or e-mail access. Only in a dire emergency did officers at the nearby Egyptian military base allow us to use their phones. Despite logistical problems, chronic financial shortages, the intemperate climate, and poor living conditions, conducting research at Berenike offers a wealth of information to those willing to excavate, study, and live there. Problems that kept earlier visitors from working for extended periods at Berenike also protected the site from later redevelopment, with the exception of some minor and superficial damage done by bulldozers or frontend loaders to parts of the mound in the early 1970s.

Some cleared sections of the Gebel Qatrani roads46 closely resemble those of Roman date that can be seen all over the Eastern Desert (see chapter 8). To understand better the courage and logistics it took either to cross the desert to reach the harbors on the Red Sea shore, or to provide for a large party working the quarries and mines, it should be noted that the primary pack animals used before the Ptolemaic period were donkeys. Donkeys have an incredible resilience but must drink at regular intervals.

35 Hatshepsut’s expedition passed across the Eastern Desert along one of the established routes, but which one remains a mystery. 38 In addition to its copper-smelting activities, the site lay at the end of a route from Memphis to the Red Sea coast with links to copper-mining operations in Sinai at Serabit al-Khadim. In more northerly reaches of the Eastern Desert, in Wadi Umm Balad, and in Sinai, copper mining took place. 42 Tin was a critical component mixed with copper to manufacture bronze, the most widely made and used metal in this period.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.43 of 5 – based on 19 votes