I’m looking to try to isolate the various peoples who settled in ancient Egypt prior to the first dynasty.
1) I’m looking to identify what role that climate change played in human migration patterns. I’ve read Burroughs’ “Climate Change in Prehistory” and Mithen’s “After the Ice”, both of which are excellent. However, I’m trying to keep a targeted focus on the peoples who eventually settled in ancient Egypt. For instance, books like “Genesis of the Pharaohs” by Toby Wilkinson seem to suggest that at least some of the peoples who settled there were originally pastoralists who migrated out of the Sahara as it dried out from being a savannah and became the desert we know it as today. I just want to trace things further back in time.
2) I want to explore trade routes, and how prehistoric trade influenced civilization. So far, I’ve found an excellent book called “From Egypt to Mesopotamia: A Study of Predynastic Trade Routes” that makes a pretty big dent in the subject, but I also want to look farther afield than it does.
3) I’ve read that the invention of pottery happened much earlier than 5000 BCE, so I’m trying to narrow down who used pottery before then, when they used it, and what it was used for. (Mainly, I think tracing that can help to identify who are the most likely candidates for the peoples who eventually wound up in predynastic Egypt.)
I do have a hypothesis that the story of Atlantis as related by Plato from Solon’s record is the layman’s explanation of the creation mythology of ancient Egypt, but in order to prove that theory, I would need to do literary analysis of the creation literature on the temple at Edfu, to attempt to determine when it was originally written (that is, was it a late creation, or was it copied from an earlier temple on the same spot, possibly dating back to predynastic times). I don’t think anyone’s done this, but I don’t know hieroglyphics myself, so I’m kind of stuck on how to progress with that hypothesis. I’m very big on proving what I believe, so I’m just approaching this hypothesis from the angle of what I *can* prove in the meantime.
I’m currently working on a book which will take current issues (peace in the Middle East, climate change, health care, etc.) and discuss them from the perspective of the origin of civilization. I’m hoping that a different perspective might help to bring more clarity and get us closer to solutions.