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Pharaoh Returns: 3,600-Year-Old Skeleton Discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists claim they've found the remains of a previously unknown pharaoh: King Senebkay

By: Daniel Koren
Published: January 15th, 2014 in News » World
The skeleton of previously unknown pharaoh King Senebkay Pic: Egypt Ministry of State for Antiquities

Archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania currently working in Egypt believe they've made a startling discovery after finding the skeletal remains of who they believe was once Pharaoh of the land.

They also discovered what was apparently his name - King Senebkay - after translating hieroglyphics that were inscribed inside a royal cartouche, which is an oval with a horizontal line at one end.

Working in conjunction with the Egyptian government, the archaeologists have claimed that King Senebkay reigned as Pharaoh approximately 3,600 years ago.

Photos they released show the sarcophagus in a burial chamber, its stone walls plastered with images.


The photos also show the actual skeleton itself. “He was originally mummified but his body was pulled apart by ancient tomb robbers,” reads the caption.

Head of the expedition, Joseph Wegner, stated "The modesty of the size of the tomb points to the decline of economic conditions in this period”.

He added that Senebkay's rule took place circa 1650 BC, during what is known as the second intermediate period, marking when the authority of pharaohs and kings were challenged, ushering in a new period.

Related articles: Archaeology News, Pharaoh, Egypt, World News, Skeleton, King Senebkay
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