More Evidence Punt/Eritrea Was Not an Empty Land

Considering the finds from the ancient Egyptian Red Sea port of Saww/Mersa Gawasis and the other evidence relating to Punt, it seems Punt should be identified with the Gash Group (2nd millennium BC) around Mahal Teglinos in Eastern Sudan and Agordat in Eritrea, the Ona culture (early 2nd? Millennium BC-c. 300 BC) around Asmara, and the first and second phases of Adulis, characterized by bag-shaped jars and black-gray burnished ware. It also appears that archaeological evidence for Bia-Punt and ‘Amau has been found in northern Sudan. It was a little to the North and West of where I expected it to be (the Hassai mining area), but it’s still in the ballpark.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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