Skip to comments.Headquarters of pharaohs' army found
Posted on 05/29/2008 8:48:44 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick
CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered what they say was the ancient headquarters of the pharaonic army guarding the northeastern borders of Egypt for more than 1,500 years, the government said on Wednesday.
The fortress and adjoining town, which they identify with the ancient place name Tharu, lies in the Sinai peninsula about 3km northeast of the modern town of Qantara, Egyptian archaeologist Mohamed Abdel Maksoud said.
The town sat at the start of a military road joining the Nile Valley to the Levant, parts of which were under Egyptian control for much of the period, the government's Supreme Council for Antiquities said in a statement.
The archaeologists, led by Abdel Maksoud, have been working on forts along the road since 1986 but it was inscriptions found this year which clinched the identification, he said.
The inscriptions mention three Pharaohs Tuthmosis II, who ruled from about 1512 BC and who built one of the military installations along the route, Seti I and Ramses II, who between them ruled Egypt from 1318 to 1237 BC, it added.
The site contains the remains of a mud-brick fortress dating from the time of Ramses II and measuring 500 metres by 250 metres, with towers four metres high, it said. "Initial studies at the site prove that this fort was the headquarters of the Egyptian army from the time of the New Kingdom until the Ptolemaic period," it said.
The New Kingdom began in about 1570 BC and the Ptolemaic period ended with the death of Cleopatra in the first century BC.
Why not say the Pharoh’s army...What’s this pharoaric bit??
It's a comedy thing.
According to the dictionary...
(Notpicking alert)...Not "Pharaoh's army"
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Ancient History lesson for the day:
It is rumored that they found many gold and copper metal rings called ‘deben’ at the Pharonic army headquarters site. These ‘deben rings’ of ancient Egypt were supposedly used for trade like money.
That’s why the Pentagon sections are called ‘rings’ as in A-ring, B-ring to E-ring, etc. with the high class denizens of the E-Ring being able to ingeniously demonstrate a military procurement need and then authorize the most money for defense contracts.
‘Deben,’ of course, is where the word debenture comes from.
Didn’t Dr. Velikovsky say something about Tharu being near El-Arish? I think it had to do with Horemheb’s inscription about cutting criminals’ noses off and exiling them to Tharu.
Yep. Bietak claimed a site in the eastern delta of the Nile was Avaris, but I think he’s given up that view. More recent work has pushed the location further east all the time. My guess is, this is part of or stems from the public relations campaign by the “gyppos” (that’s the cool knock-name used in the HBO series “Rome”) to sell people on moving into the Sinai along that coastal canal.
I haven’t a clue. Blam might know...