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Kamat Radio is a podcast channel dedicated to teaching facets of ancient Egyptian culture. Our parent organization – Kamat – Reconstructing Ancient Egyptian Culture – provides research and content to our podcast shows.


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Kamat or km.t is a compound word meaning black locality. It refers to the rich black soil that surrounds the Nile. This configuration of hieroglyphs is from the Obélisque de Louxor of Ramesses II; currently at Place de la Concorde in Paris, France.


In Gardiner Classification: {I6} – crocodile skin with spines; {G17} – Owl; {Y1v} papyrus rolled up and sealed, vertical

The Wörterbuch der Aegyptischen Sprache – (Dictionary of the Egyptian Language) lists no less than 24 different terms of km indicating ‘black’ such as black stone, metal, wood, hair, eyes, and animals. However, at no point in the ancient Egyptian language was km used to describe people.


{X1} – bread; {O49} – village with crossroads

The determinative O49 is used to designate the term for ‘country, inhabited/cultivated land’, called the niw.t (a political designate). It is a circle with a cross which represents a street, ‘town intersection.


Establishing Kamat as referring to the black soil is the ancient Egyptian word for desert and diametrically opposed locality to the ancient Egyptians:

dSr.t, (dashrat) is a compound word of the word ‘red’ and the word for locality.

Reconstructing the phonetic language

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