Unknown Pharaoh’s Remains Identified in Egypt

January 23, 2014 10:31 PM

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Working in cooperation with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, lead archeologist Josef Wegner and his team from the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum found Senebkay’s tomb earlier this month, while excavating the larger tomb of an earlier pharaoh, Sobekhotep, who lived circa 1780 B.C. The tomb contained four chambers, including a limestone burial chamber painted with images of the goddesses Nut, Nephthys, Selket and Isis. Other texts on the chamber walls identify the buried pharaoh as “king of Upper and Lower Egypt, Woseribre, the son of Re, Senebkay.”

When Wegner and his team entered the tomb for the first time, they found evidence that ancient looters had sacked it, ripping apart Senebkay’s mummified casing and removing decorations and trinkets from the tomb. Still, the archeologists were able to piece together most of the pharaoh’s skeleton, ap...

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