Episode 63: Hatshepsut’s Excellent Adventure

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Hatshepsut (Part III): The Punt Expedition

In 1488-1487 BCE, Egypt’s reigning Queen-King Maat-ka-Re Hatshepsut launches her most famous project. Returning to the glory days of previous kings, she funds an expedition south, down the Red Sea coast, to the wonderful land of Punt.

We journey to Punt, meet the locals, and see how it all fits into Hatshepsut’s grand personal narrative.


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The great ships of the Punt Expedition

(Larger Resolution; image from History of Geology).

Eti, the Queen of Punt (stock photo).

The Queen of Punt (left) and Parahu the Prince of Punt (right)

The raised-huts of the Puntites (Wikipedia).

Egyptian soldiers, heading for Punt (Wikipedia).

Djeser-Djeseru at Deir el-Bahari, where the Punt Reliefs were carved (stock photo).

A tree at Djeser-Djeseru, one of 33 planted in the court for Hatshepsut’s “Garden of Amun” (Wikipedia).


Ian Shaw (ed.), The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, 2000.

Kara Cooney, The Woman Who Would Be King, 2014.

Nicolas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, 1994.

James H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, 1906.

Gay Robins, The Art of Ancient Egypt, 2006.

Catherine A. Roehrig (editor), Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh, 2005.

Edouard Naville, The Temple of Deir el-Bahari, vols. V and VI, 1906.

Betsy M. Bryan (editor), Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut, 2014.