Skip to comments.Extensive trade in fish between Egypt and Canaan already 3,500 years ago
Posted on 10/22/2018 9:50:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Some 3,500 years ago, there was already a brisk trade in fish on the shores of the southeastern Mediterranean Sea. This conclusion follows from the analysis of 100 fish teeth that were found at various archeological sites in what is now Israel. The saltwater fish from which these teeth originated is the gilthead sea bream, which is also known as the dorade. It was caught in the Bardawil lagoon on the northern Sinai coast and then transported from Egypt to sites in the southern Levant. This fish transport persisted for about 2,000 years, beginning in the Late Bronze Age and continuing into the early Byzantine Period, roughly 300 to 600 AD... The Bardawil lagoon formed 4,000 years ago, when the sea level finally stabilized after the end of the last Ice Age. The lagoon was fished intensively and was the point of origin of an extensive fish trade.
As demonstrated by archeological finds, fishing was an important economic factor for many ancient cultures. In the southern Levant, the gilthead sea bream with the scientific name of Sparus aurata was already being fished by local costal fishermen 50,000 years ago. More exotic fish, such as the Nile perch, were already being traded between Egypt and Canaan over 5,000 years ago. However, the current study shows the extent to which the trade between the neighbors increased in the Late Bronze Age and continued for 2,000 years into the Byzantine Period.
(Excerpt) Read more at popular-archaeology.com ...
Jaw with a durophagous dentition consisting of teeth with thick enamel of the gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata): The large molariform tooth was used for oxygen isotope analysis and to estimate the size of the fish. photo/© Guy Sisma-Ventura, Israel
Dynasty 0 (Egyptian colonies in Canaan) [Narmer]
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Posted on 11/27/2004 9:48:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Found this on the net. It schooled me.
Hey...if that’s “Palestine,” why are all the town names in Hebrew or Aramaic? Hmmmmm....
Egypt is a Greek name, the Semitic name for Egypt is Mizraim or (to modern Arabs) Misr. But I'm just having a quibble. :^D
The Bardawil lagoon formed 4,000 years ago, when the sea level finally stabilized after the end of the last Ice Age. The lagoon was fished intensively and was the point of origin of an extensive fish trade.
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And the fish came presalted!
Throughout recorded history and long, long before, every time the globe has warmed, life has flourished.
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Embrace global warming!
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