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    Posted: 12 Nov 2017 at 22:14
An article on Ancient Origins questions whether or not we will ever locate the ancient land of Punt.

Puntland gets many mentions over the centuries, as a lush and green land, but apparently it's location has been lost over time.

The modern day map of North African shows Punt as being on the very horn of Africa.

Is this an historical relocation because the true location has been lost, or revisionism?

I don't think modern day Punt is lush and green, but this may have occurred over millenia.

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The location of Punt on the horn of Africa is probably good enough for the purpose it serves, specifically to satisfy historical curiosity.  It would be like if I said that I lived in Denver, which from the perspective of Tasmania, is probably close enough to give you an idea of where I live.  

The interesting question is, where are Solomon's Mines?  If you discovered those either you could really cash in, or even if they are played out, you would figure out something interesting about trade routes in that time period.

Look at Egypt in the time of the Sumerians, before the Pharaohs, quite different climate.   Look at Siwa and the source of its springs, an ancient river valley with 'fossilized' water (aquifer) being tapped.
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Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

The location of Punt on the horn of Africa is probably good enough for the purpose it serves, specifically to satisfy historical curiosity.  It would be like if I said that I lived in Denver, which from the perspective of Tasmania, is probably close enough to give you an idea of where I live.  

The interesting question is, where are Solomon's Mines?  If you discovered those either you could really cash in, or even if they are played out, you would figure out something interesting about trade routes in that time period.

Look at Egypt in the time of the Sumerians, before the Pharaohs, quite different climate.   Look at Siwa and the source of its springs, an ancient river valley with 'fossilized' water (aquifer) being tapped.

1. Maybe, maybe not. I've looked at some old maps, and Punt was in the same place-incidentally, nowhere near Colorado;

2. I thought that I had read somewhere that the site of King Solomons mines had been located. Have you heard anything about that?

3. The only constant in life is change.


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They may have locations that somebody thinks are King Solomon's mines, but there is no sign post saying that is what the locations are, and of course if they have been extensively mined after that time, any buildings dating back to Solomon were probably wiped out.  Also, the sources we have (the Bible), may have exaggerated the richness of the mines.  So the long and the short of it may be that we know probable locations, but we don't know for sure which for sure.  But which arguments one accepts (of whether any or no locations are suitable), depends on arguments and theories, not necessarily "objective" facts which are probably few and vague.

Some people say that you cannot step in the same river twice, for the river is ever-changing.  In fact, some people say that you can't even step in the same river once.
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