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Postby Beagle » Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:41 am

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Postby Minimalist » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:19 am

In a purely military/reconnaisance sense one would assume that the Egyptians would have been primarily concerned with watching the obvious invasion routes. In desert terms, that would have meant somewhere that had sufficient watering spots within a reasonable march of each other. No army at the time could have carried enough water to cross the Sahara using the kinds of transport available.

However, it certainly makes sense that small scouting parties would have been sent out on expeditions to see exactly what sort of other watering holes would have been out there. Military commanders of "quiet" districts would have had little else to do except send out patrols to watch out for trouble.

Your last point seems logical. The Sahara is still drying out so it is only reasonable to assume that it was "wetter" 5,000 years ago.



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Okay...maybe not that wet.
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Postby Ishtar » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:27 am

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Postby Beagle » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:54 am

This is what we know about Yam. We have known the location of Timbuktu, but it seems that Yam played a bigger role. And, it seems, pygmies lived there.


Obviously, the Sahara was less arid than I thought in historical times.
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Postby Minimalist » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:57 am

I had the same thought as kb. Who is to say that the Yamites (for want of a better word) did not fill the same niche as the Phoenicians? Import from the rain forest area to the south and export to the drier areas farther north. Lots of civilizations got quite rich performing that role....i.e., Petra and even Jerusalem under the Assyrians.

I don't think anyone has ever suggested that the Sahara was wet enough to have been a rain forest. But it sure as hell could have supported a race of middle-men.
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Postby Beagle » Wed Dec 26, 2007 12:03 pm

Good thought. :idea:
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