Interconnections between Egypt and the Levant have been a focus of research for many years. However, only more recently has the scientific method of thin section petrography of ceramic vessels been applied. Through petrography, the raw materials can be identified and related to their known origins, suggesting a provenance. Recent examination of jars dating from the Old kingdom, Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period, New Kingdom, Late Period, and Late roman Period revealed that a number of areas in the Eastern Mediterranean were trade partners at one time or another. On the other hand, Lebanon was a long standing trade partner, undoubtedly due to the significance of the commodities exported from this region to Egypt. Thus, while the political situation in the Levant and Egypt changed dramatically across almost 3000 years, the desire to have Lebanese goods did not.
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