SV: [ANE-2] Re: Re: Living in the desert
- To put things in relief, an English soldier during the desert war (WW
II) needed 25 litres of water a day, or so I have heard. Believe it
after my fourteen litres in a day in Petra some years ago. Soldiers can
also travel longer because they may carry their provision, including
water, with them.
But didn't this start as a discussion about whether or not Palmyra was
on a main caravan route already in the MB age? I thing I never got an
answer. And if we take nomadism before the introduction of the camel,
water supplies should be enough to feed perhaps comprehensive flocks of
animals, who also needed time to find food.
It has been as if this discussion was aiming of refuting what most
people working with nomadism have formerly agreed on.
If I am not absolutely wrong, it is also interesting that Hebrew midbar
"desert" may etymologically have to do with gazing land, steppe, and not
desert in the Lawrence of Arabia fashion.
By the way, Lawrence's tour via the Nefud (wadi Sirhan) to Aqaba is also
Niels Peter Lemche
- Listers may be interested in the folowing article from today's
Scholars Race to Recover a Lost Kingdom on the Nile
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Published: June 19, 2007
On the periphery of history in antiquity, there was a land known as
Kush. Overshadowed by Egypt, to the north, it was a place of
uncharted breadth and depth far up the Nile, a mystery verging on
myth. One thing the Egyptians did know and recorded Kush had gold.
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A Lost Kingdom on the Nile
Gist of the article is that scholars from U. Chicago are - and have
been all year - working frantically to recover evidence about the
lost kingdom of Kush (2000-1500 BC) that - despite having neither a
writing system nor bureaucracy - flourished as a gold-producing
megalith between the first and fourth catartacts and farther south.
A new dam around the fourth cataract threatens to turn the area into