Episode 89: Lords of the Desert


In 1414 BCE, a man named Nebi led a convoy of soldiers and convicts out into desert wastes of the Sinai Peninsula. They went in search of copper; along the way, they revealed new stories from middle- and lower-class Egypt. We explore.


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One of Nebi’s two canopic jars (Björkman 1974)


Gun Björkman, “Neby the Mayor of Tjaru,” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, 1974.

Betsy M. Bryan, The Reign of Thutmose IV, 1991.

Andrea M. Gnirs, “Coping with the Army: the Military and the State in the New Kingdom,” in Ancient Egyptian Administration, 2013.