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Luxor Times: 15-Jan-2014

Luxor Times

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Abydos Dynasty tomb discovered revealing new Pharaoh’s name



Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim announced the discovery of a new king's name that was previously unknown. The pharaoh is probably one of Abydos kings who ruled during the Second Intermediate Period ca. 1650 B.C when Egypt was divided.
The discovery was made by University of Pennsylvania mission at the site south of Abydos, Sohag.
The king's name is Seneb-Kay which appears for the first time inscribed in a royal cartouche.

Stone blocks from Middle Kingdom were reused in the tomb. A wooden sarcophagus was found with remains of the skeleton of the King in bad condition as pulled it was pulled apart by ancient tomb robbers. He would have been about 6feet tall (185 cm). Canopic jars were found in the tomb but no funerary furniture which could have been stolen by tomb robbers in ancient Egypt.


 
Ayman Damarany, the inspector working with the mission said "the discovered tomb located nearby Sobekhotep tomb (which was discovered by the mission earlier this year- more about it Here)
King Seneb Kay's tomb believed to be dated to the "Abydos Dynasty" as mentioned by K. Ryholt.

Dr. Josef Wegner, director of the mission said "The period of the king reign was mysterious and not much information were available till the tomb has discovered. Also the small size of the tomb refers to the deteriorating economic situation at that time."
Images are courtesy of MSA

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