According to historian Abdisalam Mahamoud, the ancient Somali name for their region was "Bunn", a name referenced in texts regarding trade with Egypt as "Pwenet" or "Pwene", and the region is known as "Bunni" in the present day. This exchange between Egypt and Punt brought back living trees to Egypt, marking the first known successful attempt at transplanting foreign fauna.
Further, trade was conducted by sea travel which rules both of those out. August F. Separate events were held throughout the length and breadth of Egypt. Without going into the details here, we should note the following: Watterson writes, "In return for a modest present of a few Egyptian weapons and some trinkets, the Puntites gave their visitors sacks of aromatic gum, gold, ebony, ivory, leopard skins, live apes, and incense trees" 101.
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Egyptian art gives us evidence for the use of wooden boats from at least as early as the beginning of the fourth millennium BCE on scraps of papyrus which show part of a sickle shaped hull in which the paddlers appear to be sitting inside the boat rather than on of it, as would be the case if the boat was a reed raft.
The conditions met during journeys at sea would impose stresses on the hulls, which would not be encountered in a river environment. A deeper association, however, sprang from the belief that the gods who blessed Egypt had an equal affection for Punt.
Punt was also associated with Egyptian ancestry in that it came to be seen as their ancient homeland and, further, the land where the gods emerged from and consorted with each other.
The Mystery of the Land of Punt Unravelled. Nevertheless the fundamental design weaknesses persist including the prominent hogging trusses and the 16 protruding deck beams necessary to pin the sides of a weakly framed shell built hull. Again, the claim by Amon that he had made the people of Punt love Hatshepsut, strongly suggests that she was present in the country.
We can reasonably conclude that the Egyptians had extensive experience with displacement craft from at least the time of building the Pyramids and that Hapshepsut would have had the benefit of earlier experiences with the sea worthiness of ships to draw upon for the design of her craft. The sail is much wider than on earlier ships but the foot is still supported by a boom and on one of the ships the yard has been lowered to the boom rather than the foot raised to the yard, which would be the normal way of furling a square sail.
Trade has always been a vital aspect of any civilization whether at... The people of Punt are flatteringly amazed at the boldness of the Egyptian sailors: Departure From Punt. Shop for prints. Early America. Among the goods imported were complete incense trees as well as loose incense, an expensive fragrant tree extract that was used in [religious services] as an offering to the gods.
Ancient Ships: In travelling to Punt, the Queen of Egypt was paying homage to a foreign land and a foreign king. But why would the god bid Hatshepsut welcome, if she had not been away?
The leopard skins from Punt were worn by priests, the gold became statuary, the incense was burned in the temples.