Nomads, Mercenaries, and Goldmines: Desert Politics in the Ramesside Period

Guest post by Julien Cooper. Read his bio here. When we think of Egypt’s wealth, our mind often wanders to geological riches. Most of this wealth originated in the Eastern Desert: the gold of Tutankhamun’s mask, the famous Egyptian eye-paints of kohl or malachite, or even the majestic purple porphyry columns that today hold up … More Nomads, Mercenaries, and Goldmines: Desert Politics in the Ramesside Period