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I got the book!, have not started it yet, finishing off the latest David Drake sci fi thriller, but I am getting a little tired of Captain Leary and Adele, he needs to come up with a new series.
I love that period of history as well, though scant information available.
OK, started reading the opening, lots of information, Ramses III fought a series of wars against the "sea people" in the 12 century BC, his tomb has massive information on the battles and the people and they have all been translated and inscribed. The Philistines were definitely a sea people tribe and the author says it has been proven they were from the island of Crete. Some of the sea people have been traced to the Western Med, Sardinia and Sicily, but they are not sure if they came from there or fled to there, not enough archeological evidence at this time. One thing about these sea peoples, they were from a lot of different tribes, the pictographs in Ramses tomb show different dress, armor, head wear etc. some he let settle in Egypt. The first few pages and I am captivated, this is going to be a fun read....A quote from Ramses Tomb:
"They were coming forward toward Egypt, while the flame was prepared before them. Their confederation was the Peleset(Philistines), Tjekker, Shekelesh, Danuna, and Weshesh, lands united. They laid their hands upon the lands as far as the circuit of the earth, their hearts confident and trusting"
Have read a bit more, no further mention of tin, but he does discuss the huge copper mines on the Island of Cyprus. He ties everything into actual archeological digs, naming dates, Archeologists and the significance of their finds in relation to other finds. It is like reading a real life Indiana Jones story. So far he has been concentrating on the Egyptians, but he is going to cover the 6 main civilizations of the period.