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  1. Thanks! We're just getting started... Ha, the faience is what gets a lot of Nubiologists... Everybody loves it. Faience can be anything from bluish to cyan to greenish. The cyan-greenish pieces are the most common. The technique of faience manufacture was one of the early developments that Kerma was famous for, and Kushites continued to be in love with faience all the way through the Napato-Meroitic Period as well. Some of the pieces could get pretty intricate. Most of them have since lost most of their shine and polish, but they would have been gleaming back in the day.
  2. I still have so so much to post.... And not enough time, but here's a quick in between post: Kerma period Kushite boats / ships: Considering how difficult it initially was to find quality period references for Kushite ships, it's nice to find the typical Nile Valley ships confidently appear in the Kushite record as early as the Kerma Period. Hippopotamus hunt: Recorded murals from Kerma, Temple K XI, Eastern Cemetery, depicting a boat with 8 sets of oars, a bull and a donkey (drawing water from a well) Temple K XI, Kerma Eastern Cemeter
  3. Not saying this needs to be done, but I didn't know where else to share this. I recently stumbled across pictures of Tira, the cutest little zebra I've ever seen, from the Maasai Mara in Kenya, and she has a very rare, and gorgeous mutation: And she's not the only one either. Another zebra with very similar markings exists in South Africa: "Blonde" zebras also exist: And brunettes: And albino: King Cheetahs are another rare, yet natural and gorgeous mutation (born to regular cheetahs
  4. Abraha is not a Kushite but an Aksumite, and the Kushites are not predecessors of the Aksumites either. They're distinct peoples with distinct cultures, languages, religions, ethnogeneses, architecture, and history in general. They actually went to war with each other a few times and there was probably trade. Cultural exchanges did probably occur, but they're relatively superficial. Not that there's no relation at all, but nothing tangibly relevant to game-development. I'd strongly suggest to keep any Aksumite references for a possible future Aksumite faction, either in the main game if the ti
  5. There is no release date yet. Development for alpha 24 is currently at 76%, and development is ongoing: https://trac.wildfiregames.com/roadmap Although it's impossible to derive a timeframe from that.
  6. Absolutely. I don't know about Nubian charioteers at Ekron but Kushites were militarily active in the area so it wouldn't surprise me. *Sorry, my mind slipped. Indeed, Assyrians actually captured Kushite chariots and charioteers and incorporated them into their own army. They even had their own village near Nineveh, I believe, where they were supplied with luxury goods like wine... Piye (r. 744 BC–714 BC) himself mounted a chariot in the Great Triumphal Stela of Piye, from the Amun Temple at Napata, Year 21. Ca. 727 BC. "Off sailed His Majesty northward to the harbo
  7. Well, I've always been of the opinion that battering rams should be available to all civs, but that's a gameplay change, so I dunno how possible it is... In the case of Kush specifically, there's no direct evidence for battering rams that I'm aware of, but there is a recurring feature in late Meroitic/early Christian fortresses of narrow L-shaped entrances, which seem to be designed to counter battering attacks on these entrances. Not much is known about earlier Napato-Meroitic fortresses, apart from places like Gala Abu Ahmed, which doesn't feature the L-shaped
  8. Wow, among all the other things, I was really exited to see new units exiting from buildings... Maybe this has been asked before, but what's preventing us from having it in vanilla? Would be awesome...
  9. Thanks. But he literally gives the exact same possible range of dates as I did... Even the narrowest possible range still doesn't confidently date it to Alexandrian times... And even here, the author clearly indicates considerable uncertainty. Not consensus. And even if it was from (post-)Alexandrian times - which I don't believe - it wasn't even written for a Greek audience... In fact, there's no Greek in the text... And there's no impetus for infusing Greek into it in the first place, at such an early time. I just don't see it. The text says that
  10. Ouch... Clearly still a touchy subject even in academia...
  11. Did you actually get the crux of the article? And: I haven't read it. Do you have a link? The point is that it's not a Greek source, and the sections on Uzziah don't necessitate the interpretation for any Greek source for the mention of stone throwers, neither are the stone throwers themselves a solid dating method for the text. It sounds like a circular logic. I actually just read it earlier today, but I didn't see any discussion on the possible Eastern origin of ranged siege weapons, only a cursory mention.
  12. Sorry, guys, I keep getting distracted with other stuff... Actually Chronicles may date to anywhere between 539 BC/400 BC and 250 BC. It's still hotly debated last time I checked. Dating it to the second half of 4th century BC is just as contentious as dating it to the early 4th century BC. You don't need to view non-Greek sources through a Classicist lens. There's a common assumption that ranged siege equipment was invented by the Greeks, particularly under Dionysius I of Syracuse in around 399 B.C. But I feel like there is a double standard with regard to assessing these Greco
  13. Found a really nicely detailed relief block from Meroë depicting Queen Amanishakheto, one of Amanirenas' successors: Some modern examples. Keep in mind that populations have move around since the Napato-Meroitic era. Most notably Arab influxes, even though Arab Sudanese are generally more of a local ancestry than Arab, there have been some population displacements towards the south and west Northern type, modern Nubians from Lower Nubia (Southernmost Egypt) and Northernmost Sudan: Central part, (Arabized Nubians) around Meroë. Note that they have
  14. No one ever argued that Kushites should have ballistae. Just discussing sources It's possible they had, but we don't have any secure, or period sources that provide any definite answers (yet). Just possible clues and indications, but as I said a little earlier:
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