News reports are out (thanks to Jack Sasson for sending this out) that an inscription mentioning at least two names of Ramesses III, king of the 20th Dynasty in Egypt have been found in Tayma, Saudia Arabia, which is located 264 km southeast of the city of Tabouk, and about 400 km north of Medina!
This is the picture that has been published of the two cartouches with two of Ramesses III names: Ramesses Heqaiuna and Userma’atre’ Meriamun. It was not clear from the report if there are additional portions of this inscription or it is just these names.
This is much farther afield than any other report of activities of Ramesses III in Western Asia. Perhaps, this can be connected to his campaigns in his twentieth year to Timnah and Edom. He might have continued more to the south into Arabia, perhaps to gain control of the spice routes running out of Arabia.
Ramesses III is well-known as the Pharaoh who vanquished the Sea Peoples (and the Philistines among them) famously depicted in the reliefs of his temple at Medinet Habu.
So, I now propose that there should be an international meeting of archaeologists dealing the cultures affected by Ramesses III – and that we meet in Tayma! Would be a nice way to move ahead peaceful relations with some of Israel’s neighboring countries!