Hershel Shanks

Roving Asiatic traders are depicted this 8-foot-long, 19th-century B.C. mural at Beni Hasan, Egypt, about 150 miles south of Cairo. Pastoral or trading groups such as this one may have transported the Egyptian official Sinuhe, just a century earlier, through Canaan to Byblos, and from Byblos to the Levantine interior (see map of Sinuhe’s route).