When Egyptians Sailed The Red Sea

Saturday, March 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel

Considered a most unique haven – an emporium of goods for both kings and gods – the land of Punt has an air of fantasy, like that of an Eldorado or Atlantis. To the ancient Egyptians, the land of Punt – with its reed, beehive shaped houses raised on stilts above water – was one of the most exotic and mysterious places to visit. In search of myrrh, the most famous ancient Egyptian expedition to Punt was conducted during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut in the 15th century BC. A report of that voyage survives on a relief in Hatshepsut’s funerary temple at Deir el-Bahri.

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