Cultural Continuity Along the Western Red Sea Littoral

Author(s): Hans Barnard

Year: 2017


The study of the ancient cultural history of northern Ethiopia, modern Tigray, often includes an interpretation of the obvious connections with the Arabian Peninsula, to the east, and the Nile Valley to the west. Less attention is usually given to contacts with the African heartland, to the south, and the relatively arid region between the Nile Valley and the Red Sea, usually referred to as the Eastern Desert, to the north. The cultural connections with the latter are reflected in linguistic and material traditions (basketry, ceramics, headrests, etc.) and more recently in the central place of coffee in daily life. In this presentation the long-term cultural continuity along the western Red Sea littoral will be illustrated. Given the limitations of the data currently available, this will be from a theoretical and more or less anecdotal perspective.

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Cultural Continuity Along the Western Red Sea Littoral. Hans Barnard. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429854)


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min long: -18.809; min lat: -38.823 ; max long: 53.262; max lat: 38.823 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 13214