Sea Peoples

Polycarp66 at Polycarp66 at
Wed Mar 21 03:11:15 EST 2001

In a message dated 3/18/2001 3:52:44 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
Banyai at writes:

> Reminds me the argument of J.Spanuth, "Das enträtselte Atlantis", 1953, who 
> made 
> great furror as an amateur historian with his thesis, the Sea Peoples came 
> from 
> the "Nordsee". He was quoted with some respect even by such a reputed 
> specialist 
> as F. Sommer. 
> He followed too the trail of this new type of sword, with much enthusisasm 
> and 
> naivety back into the European north. But overlooked the statistical data 
> speaking against a northern not ANE-based origin of the new technology. The 
> number of such swords is by far bigger in the ANE, to see anything other 
> than 
> imports in the extra ANE specimens.
> We probably should see the epycentrum of the new technology around Ugarit 
> and 
> Cylicia, in Ugarit where also a sword prepared to be sent to Menreptah was 
> found.
> There is however quite a difference between pointing to the emergence of a 
> new 

I hope that my mention of the Vikings has not introduced total confusion into 
this discussion.  That was an illustration.  Drews does NOT maintain that the 
"Sea Peoples" came from the north (though the sword seems to have originated 
there). Drews seems to view the raiders who ended the Bronze Age as being 
indigenous to the ANE.

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