Skip to comments.Sea Peoples invade: 1192–1190 BC
Posted on 06/16/2011 8:17:31 AM PDT by Palter
Modern methods are slowly helping us build a history of the Heroic Age. The exploits of the Sea Peoples are perhaps not as distinctly preserved in the Greek tradition as those of the Achaeans who sacked Troy, probably sometime during the 1180s BC, with the nostos of Odysseus recently dated to 1,178BC.
By contrasting historical-archaeological and radiocarbon-based data sets, the best candidate for the destruction date of the harbour town is the Sea People invasion. Their presence immediately after the destruction of Gibala is indicated by the material culture of the new settlements on the Tell namely the appearance of Aegean-type architecture, locally-made Mycenaean IIIC Early pottery, hand-made burnished pottery, and Aegean-type loam-weights. These materials, also known from Philistine settlements , are cultural markers of foreign settlers, most probably the Sea Peoples.The half millennium between the eruption of Thera in 1,613BC (probably the cause of the Flood tradition of Greek mythology) and the return of the Heraclids to the Peloponnese in 1,104BC (according to Eratosthenes) must have been a remarkable period of change. It truly deserved the special place accorded to it by Hesiod, interjected between the Bronze and Iron Ages. Hopefully, we will have more ancient DNA from this period, from sites around the Eastern Mediterranean, to help better piece together the tumultuous events that so inspired later generations.
Civ. ebb and flow. ping.
I thought they were called Atlantians?
Sea People>Phoenicians>Philistines ?
sea>phil>phoe much overlap. origins are still debatable
Very interesting; thanks for posting this. It’s the first time I can remember seeing a map presented so concisely. I wonder if there was some natural impetus behind this, what must have seemed so sudden to those invaded, far from the Sea Peoples’ original home. A famine year in the Balkans or the northern Black Sea steppe (it’s clear I don’t really know where they came from, just guessing); pushed out of their own land by people like the Scythians; a dynastic civil war?
When the sea people attacked Ancient Egypt they got their butt kicked—Even though they had iron weapons, and the Egyptians has bronze—they Egyptians could marshal large armies and fleets of ships. If you have inferior weapons—go with superior numbers and organization. One thing you got to give to the Egyptians—they were good at organization skills. They were also defending their homeland from invaders—that also gave them an edge. After this—Egypt went to Iron Weapons.
Interesting. I vaguely recall their being repulsed by the Egyptians, but wasn’t that just initially - didn’t they come back and at least force tribute from them?
Thanks, I’d heard of that, but only in relation to Atlantis. For that, I actually favour the Black Sea Flood theory, though there could of course be overlap in flood tales.
What was interesting for me about the map was that it was showing the Balkans and Thracian (?) Black Sea area as the areas the Sea Peoples at least passed through on their way into the Eastern Mediterranean - I’d only associated them with places of origin like Cyprus without ever having an answer to the question of where they had come from to get to Cyprus. If the map is true, or close to it, it’s hard to see how Santorini would have been motivating their migrations and raids, although it surely would have affected them and the peoples they came into contact with. Maybe its ash caused their distant crops or food sources to fail?
Theses For The Reconstruction Of Ancient History
99. The name of the city Ugarit (Ras Shamra) is probably the equivalent of Euagoras, the Carian-Ionian name of a number of Cyprian kings.
100. The name Nikmed of the Ras Shamra texts is the Ionian-Carian name Nikomed(es).
101. The city of Ras Shamra was destroyed in the days of the King Nikmed by Shalmanassar (in 856 B. C. E). Its destruction is recorded by Shalmanassar and the city is called “the city of Nikdem”. A proclamation telling about the expulsion of Nikmed, found in the city, refers to the same event.
102. It is highly probable that King Nikmed (Nikdem) fled to Greece, and that this man of learning there introduced alphabetic writing. Therefore, he might have been Cadmos of the Greek tradition.
103. Minoan inscriptions of the Mycenaean Age may comprise alphabetic writings following in principle the cuneiform alphabet of Ras Shamra Hebrew.
104. The vaults of the necropolis of Ras Shamra and similar vaults in Cyprus are contemporaneous, and not separated by six centuries.
105. The tombs of Enkomi on Cyprus, excavated by A. S. Murray in 1896, were correctly assigned by him to the eighth-seventh century.
106. The time table of the Minoan and Mycenean culture is distorted by almost six hundred years, because it is dependent upon the wrong Egyptian chronology.
107. No “Dark Age” of six centuries duration intervened in Greece between the Mycenaean Age and the Ionian Age of the seventh century.
108. The large buildings and fortifications of Mycenae and Tiryns in the Argive Plain date from the time of the Argive Tyrants, who lived in the eighth century.
109. The Heraion of Olympia was built in the “Mycenaean” age, in the first millennium
110. The so-called Mycenaean ware was mainly of Cypriote (Phoenician) manufacture. It dates from the tenth to the sixth century.
111. The so-called Geometric ware is not a later product than the Mycenaean ware; they were products of the same age.
112. The entire archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean, based upon the assumption that the Mycenaean culture belongs to the fifteenth-thirteenth centuries, is built upon a misleading principle.
258. Ramses III is identical with Nectanebo I of the Greek authors. He lived not in the twelfth but in the fourth century.
259. In Herodotus there can be no reference to Ramses III, because the historian lived before the pharaoh. The history of Egypt by Herodotus, though defective in details, is more nearly accurate than that of the later and modern historians, because he placed the history of the Eighteenth, the Ethiopian, and the Nineteenth Dynasties in fairly accurate order.
260. “Invasion of Egypt by the archaic Greeks” in the twelfth century is a fallacy. The Greeks who participated in the wars of Ramses III and who are shown as changing sides, were at first soldiers of Chabrias, assisting Egypt, and then troops of Iphicrates, opposing Ramses III.
261. Agesilaus, the King of Sparta, had already arrived in Egypt in the days of Nectanebo I (Ramses III), [Tachos (Ramses IV)] and Ramses III, who referred to his arrival, mentioned also his notably small stature.
262. The Pereset, with whom Ramses III was at war, were the Persians of Artaxerxes II under the satrap Pharnambazus, and not the Philistines.
263. The war described by Ramses III, and by Diodorus and other classical authors (the war of Nectanebo 1), is one and the same war of 374 BCE
264. A camp was set up by Pharnambazus in Acco in preparation for an attack against the Egypt of Ramses III.
265. A naval invasion against Egypt was undertaken by forcing the Mendesian mouth of the Nile, fortified by Ramses III.
266. Flame throwers were used on the Persian ships forty years before their use by the Tyrians at the siege of Tyre by Alexander.
267. The Egyptian bas-reliefs of the temple at Medinet Habu show Sidonian ships and Persian carriages comparable to the pictures of ships and carriages on the Sidonian coins minted during the years of the invasion.
268. The bas-reliefs of Medinet Habu show the reform of Iphicrates in lengthening the swords and spears and reducing the armor intended for defense.
269. The Jewish military colony at Elephantine still existed in 374 BCE and participated in the defense of the eastern border of Egypt. These professional soldiers were called Marienu by Ramses III, which is the Aramaic Marenu.
270. Semitic languages and the Palestinian cult of Baal made headway in Egypt at the time of Ramses III.
271. The Greek letters of classical form incised on the tiles of Ramses III during the process of manufacture (found at Tell-el-Yahudieh in the Delta) present no problem. They are Greek letters of the fourth century.
272. The inlay work and glazing of the tiles of Ramses III are innovations introduced from Persia.
273. The hunting motifs in the art of Ramses III were inspired by Assyrian and Persian bas-reliefs; some motifs of the Greek art also made their influence felt in the murals of Ramses III.
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Posted on 07/29/2004 12:25:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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I’m surprised to find the Egyptians stopped an army of Minotaurs.
I thought the Ancient Egyptians got Iron Weapons from the Hittites and chariots and horses from the Hyksos.
Shouldn’t an invasion be in Breaking News?
Long list of reasons NOT to want to be Ramses No. 3.
107. No Dark Age of six centuries duration intervened in Greece between the Mycenaean Age and the Ionian Age of the seventh century.
I love how our ignorance translates into a "Dark Age". This is so typical. We don't know something or we don't have the evidence so it mustn't exist. That's science?
270. Semitic languages and the Palestinian cult of Baal made headway in Egypt at the time of Ramses III.
Baal is just another word for LORD as found in the OT. There's some significant evidence, IIRC, for Hebrew worship of Baal including the OT itself. It is interesting how Satan creates counterfeits of all that is good and of God.
From the map’s invasion routes it looks to me like they were mostly “land peoples” who just used the sea as a convenience for transporting their troops for some inland conquering.
Kinda like our Marines. The Navy takes them where they want to go but they take the beaches and then move inland. Not designed to be maritime fighters at all.
WENAMUN loves a Woman
Michael S. Sanders, 1998" A camp (was set up) in one place in Amor. They desolated its people, and its land was like that which has never come into being. They were coming, while the flame was prepared before them, forward towards Egypt. Their confederation was the PELESET, THEKER (Tjekker), DENYE(n) and the WESHESH, lands united." (The Sea peoples and Egypt: Alessandra Nibbi p. 65)One other name is also associated with the Sea Peoples of the North, the SHEKELESH.
It is universally agreed that the Peleset can be identified with the Philistines and last week we proposed that the Denyen were in fact the tribe of Dan for obvious reasons. To complete the thesis we must convincingly identify the Theker and the Weshesh, a task that has confounded ALL scholars and Egyptologists until this day.
We will start with the tale of Wenamun who was an elder in the Temple of Amun probably at the time of the Pharaoh Smendes of the XXIst Dynasty. He was sent to obtain timber and it is here we meet the only other reference to the Tjekker in the Egyptian annals." And I arrived at Dor, a Tjekker-town, and Beder its Prince caused to be brought to me 50 loaves..............". (Egypt of the Pharaohs: Sir Alan Gardiner p. 307)As we can see from the map Dor was located on the Western boundary of Manasseh and the Northern Boundary of Dan.
The name of the ruler of the Tjekker. Beder is also interesting in that it is unique in Egyptian records and coincidentally unique in the Biblical account also. A Bezer was a son of Liph, one of the heads of the Tribe of Asher.
There is no evidence that Manasseh was ever connected to the sea so it is not surprising that the Asherites might have controlled the commerce of that city perhaps together with the families of Dan.
We now come full circle because although the tribe of Asher did not drive out the inhabitants of Acco (Judges 1.31) it had been allotted to them and it is perfectly possible to read the name Tjekker as people from the location of Acco.
It is interesting to view the map of Solomon's districts to see how the original tribal divisions had been modified from the initial allocation of the land to the time in which we are dealing.
We must now tackle the problem that has baffled all scholars since the first translations of the relevant texts at Medinet Habu. The identification of the Weshesh.
Not only is there absolutely nothing in any book on the subject, I recently asked every expert in the field worldwide to come up with anything, anything at all on the puzzle. No answer from anyone. Why? Because they are all looking at the Aegean for their answers because of the conventional chronology.
If we look to the shores of Israel just after Solomon's rule, it becomes quite clear.
The suffix esh is merely the Hebrew aish. So we have man or men of "W". But there is no "W" in the Egyptian hieroglyphics of this word, it has been written Weshesh for convenience. It would better have been written Ueshesh or Uashesh." And the sons of Asher , Imnah and Ishvah and Ishvi" ( Genesis 46:17)So you can take your choice Ueshesh the men of Asher or Ishvah or Ishvi.
And we can now even see how these people looked as we previewed last week.
You will not be surprised (although the professional Egyptologists were) to find that unlike the enemies of the Egyptians to the west who were not circumcised (the Egyptians cut off the foreskins of their vanquished as a "head" count) the enemies known as the Sea Peoples WERE circumcised. We now know why.
Further look at the side locks of hair. Do they not remind you of modern orthodox Jews and the commandment to the children of Israel to let their locks grow long.
From left to right1) a Prince of (ht)Only the Shekelesh now need to be identified. The men of Shekel or Sheker (l and r are interchangeable). It is not a great stretch of the imagination (much less imagination than was needed to fit the names into obscure Aegean communities) to see that they were from the tribe of Issachar.
2) a Prince of (imr)
3) a chieftain of (tkry) the Tjekker
4) srdn of the Sea
5) chieftain of the (s)
6) (trs) of the Sea
The figure of the Pelseset (p) is missing. ( The Ancient Near East in Pictures: James B. Pritchard p. 250)
Next week we will see how it defies logic the way the Philistines have been characterized by those adhering to the conventional chronology who maintain that this is the first time they appear in the area (contrary to the Biblical account). They would have you believe that this sea-faring people with all of the Mediterranean to choose from, chose a sanctuary which is the ONLY stretch of coast that does NOT have a natural port.
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