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Were The Hittites Able To Build A Replica Of An Egyptian Ship According To Their Own Drawings?

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In 1994 Elmar Edel published and commented on a clay tablet inscribed in Akkadian, found somewhere in Hattusas, the capital of the Hittite kingdom (Hatti), addressed to the king of the Hittites, probably Hattusilis III, dealing with an Egyptian ship the pharaoh had sent to him (tablet KUB III 82). The tablet which originally contained at least 20 lines was broken at one end and what remained was severely damaged: Only one third, at the most, on the right-hand side could be read without restoration. Patrice Pomey concludes that the tablet KUB III 82 is fundamental as a testimony for the use of drawings in naval architecture. To be sure, the Egyptians of the New Kingdom were certainly able to draw accurately a plan view of a ship which might have been more useful for the Hittites than a kind of sketch.

Keywords: Egyptian ship; Elmar Edel; king of the Hittites; naval architecture; Patrice Pomey

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