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11-13-2015, 03:38 PM
Some recent archaeological projects in Egypt, or concerning resources elsewhere that were exploited by Egyptians, have attracted my attention and I've posted a little about them on another part of this forum: http://www.anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?3474-Bell-Beakers-Gimbutas-and-R1b&p=111334&viewfull=1#post111334

A couple of days ago in an airport bookstore I noticed that the cover story of the current (Nov. 2015) Scientific American deals broadly with these discoveries. Building pyramids on the Nile necessitated mining and smelting copper (for chisels) in the Sinai, assembling seaworthy wooden sailboats on the Red Sea -- of wood imported from Lebanon to Giza, and then overland to the Gulf of Suez by donkey train. The levels of planning, construction and maintenance of logistical infrastructure, record keeping and general bureaucracy are pretty impressive.

11-28-2015, 11:56 PM
I guess this is as good a place as any to post a reference to an upcoming conference (Dec. 16-17) at the Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre la Défense, bâtiment B, salle des conférences: LE ROI ET LE FLEUVE

The archaeologist in charge of the Wadi al Jarf port, Pierre Tallet, is making one of the presentations, and he posted the conference program on his Academia site. There will be sixteen papers in French and four in English, over the two days of the event. Many of them have to do with commercial development on the main rivers (and a few canals) from the eastern Mediterranean to China; the majority emphasize the Nile and the Euphrates. I'll see if I can paste in the long url, it's just a 6 page .pdf document. One may need to be signed in to Academia dot edu to download it, I'm not sure.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/40452841/Le_roi_et_le_fleuve.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ56TQJR TWSMTNPEA&Expires=1448739002&Signature=VvlZOlJewIpY6iD5Ev%2FnG%2FyOcNc%3D&response-content-disposition=attachment%3B%20filename%3DLe_roi_et_l e_fleuve_-_Exemples_dusages_p.pdf

The cover logo for the program is excellent, I'll try to capture it:


Just in case that floats anyone's boat.

Edit 8/6/16 (this url still displays the conference program): https://fleuves.hypotheses.org/122