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Posted by supernova in Science
Sun Jan 10th 2010, 01:00 PM
I found this last night before I went to bed and saved it for today since I love reading about art, history, anthropology, cultural history and the like on Sunday afternoons. Enjoy!

One of the most perplexing mysteries that Egyptologists and Aegean experts are tackling is that of the frescoes of Tell el-Dab'a, also known as Avaris.

This site was used as the capital of the Hyksos, at a time when they ruled much of Egypt, from 1640 – 1530 BC. It is on the Nile Delta and would have provided access to the Sinai, Levant and southern Egypt.

The site appears to have been abandoned for a time after the Hyksos were driven out. However, by the end of the 18th dynasty (when the Egyptians were back in control of their land), the site was in use and sported with three – yes three – large palaces. They were ringed by an enclosure wall. The whole complex was about 5.5 hectares in size.

There is no question that the frescoes at Tell el-Dab'a are Aegean influencedNow here’s the mystery –
Two of those palaces were decorated, for a very short period of time, with Minoan frescoes. These include drawings of bull-leaping scenes – which are well known from the Palace of Knossos in Crete.


more... http://heritage-key.com/blogs/owenjarus/di...

edit: Here's a pic (computer generated for clarity):


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