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Various tribes of maritime nations attacked Egypt from the sea during the early decades of the 12th century before Christ. The Egyptians called them by the collective name "Sea Peoples." To judge by the Egyptian sculptors' depictions at the monument of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu, some of the Sea Peoples appear to have been Nordic, as in the above detail. Ramesses defeated the invaders, who then sailed westward to land in Libya. In Libya the Tifinag alphabet survives in use to this day, but in Bronze Age times it was peculiar to the Nordic peoples. The facts suggest that Nordic invaders, rebuffed from Egypt, settled Libya and introduced the Tifinag alphabet at that time (Fell 1982).