Fortress of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham w. Dr Steven Snape

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A Bronze Age Egyptian fortress, Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham, that existed near the border with Libya was used for defence and to support the network of maritime trade in the Mediterranean in the Bronze Age. Dr Steven Snape, Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool, joins the show to speak about its history and broader geopolitical considerations during the era.

Some topics explored

  • Where and when this fortress existed
  • Why it was built
  • The relationship Egypt had with civilizations to the west
  • The network of maritime trade in the Mediterranean and how this fortress fit in
  • What exists today
  • Pharaoh Ramesses II having the fortress built
  • The Uluburun Shipwreck
  • The mystery of no burials being found
  • The estimated population
  • Egyptian hieroglyphs left at the fortress
  • Evidence of deity worship and which deities
  • Bread and beer making that occurred at the fortress

Listen to the episode

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Show Notes

  • In the episode Professor Snape offered his Academia.edu profile page for those wishing to read any of his publications on this topic; and also offered his email address for those wishing to get in touch with him: snape@liv.ac.uk

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