Great Expeditions to God’s Land and Punt

Great Expeditions to God’s Land and Punt
Dylan Bickerstaffe

This talk was given at the November 2023 meeting of the Essex Egyptology Group which was held at 15.00 GMT on 5 November 2023 in person at Spring Lodge, Witham

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Hatshepsut, the female pharaoh, is celebrated for her expedition to the land of Punt. Launching a voyage on the Red Sea was a colossal achievement in itself, however, involving large numbers of men crossing Egypt’s barren Eastern Desert. We look at port facilities constructed in the Old and Middle Kingdoms, and the clues from expedition records as to why certain pharaohs launched such massive expeditions.

Dylan Bickerstaffe has lectured extensively to Egyptology Societies around the UK including previous talks to the Essex Egyptology Group, most recently in 2020 when he spoke about the Egyptian Harem. He has contributed to Conferences in the UK and Luxor and has appeared on multiple TV programmes including on National Geographic TV and Channel 5. For more information see his website.