The Maritime History Podcast

Today's episode will focus on the scope of Egypt's maritime reach during the Old Kingdom's fifth and sixth dynasties. Topics include the development and refinement of maritime technology like the sail and the hogging truss, the discovery of an ancient harbor at Wadi el-Jarf, and the mysterious land of Punt as it relates to the story of Harkhuf, the boy pharaoh Pepi II, and a pygmy from Nubia.

Direct download: 007_-_Old_Kingdom_Egypt_Expands_Its_Reach.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 11:03am CDT

In this episode we meet the Fourth Dynasty pharaohs, their pyramids, and a magnificent ship buried next to Khufu's Great Pyramid at Giza. From the story of its discovery and restoration, to the intricate construction methods used on the ship, down to the theories about the ship's original purpose, this episode looks at what may be the world's finest surviving example of ancient maritime technology.

Direct download: 006__Khufus_Solar_Ship_or_Sailing_Into_the_Afterlife.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 10:22pm CDT