Bulhar

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Bulhar
Archaeological site
Country Somalia
RegionWoqooyi Galbeed
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Bulhar is an archaeological site in the northwestern Woqooyi Galbeed region of Somaliland.

Overview[edit]

Bulhar is situated near Zeila. The site is believed to correspond with the ancient commercial Port of Isis described by the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder.[1] Pliny also associated the area with the toponym Abalito, which Said M-Shidad Hussein writes is likely the Avalite of the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.[2]

According to Pliny, the Port of Isis was a center for myrrh commerce. He likewise noted that the Egyptian Pharaoh Sesostris led his forces passed the region en route to the northeastern port of Mosylon, a cinnamon hub that is believed to have been in or close to present-day Bosaso.[2] Additionally, Pliny indicated that the Port of Isis was located near stone pillars on which unknown letters were engraved.[2][3] Samuel Sharpe suggests that these old inscriptions were probably hieroglyphical.[3]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Österreichische Leo-Gesellschaft, Görres-Gesellschaft, Anthropos Institute (1941). Anthropos, Volumes 35-36. Zaunrith'sche Buch-, Kunst- und Steindruckerei. p. 212. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Hussein, Said M-Shidad. "The Ancient Kingdom of Punt and its Factor in Egyptian History Part IV" (PDF). WardheerNews. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b Sharpe, Samuel (1836). The Early History of Egypt, from the Old Testament, Herodotus, Manetho, and the Hieroglyphical Inscriptions. E. Moxon. pp. 97–98. Retrieved 22 September 2014.

Coordinates: 10°23′02″N 44°25′12″E / 10.3839°N 44.4200°E / 10.3839; 44.4200