Tomb of previously unknown pharaonic queen found in Egypt

Published: January 4, 2015
The tomb of Princess Shert Nebti in Abu Sir, south of Cairo, dating from around 2,500 BC and discovered in 2012. PHOTO:AFP

The tomb of Princess Shert Nebti in Abu Sir, south of Cairo, dating from around 2,500 BC and discovered in 2012. PHOTO:AFP

CAIRO: Czech archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago, officials in Egypt said Sunday.

The tomb was discovered in Abu Sir, an Old Kingdom necropolis southwest of Cairo where there are several pyramids dedicated to pharaohs of the Fifth Dynasty, including Neferefre.

The name of his wife had not been known before the find, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said in a statement.

He identified her as Khentakawess, saying that for the “first time we have discovered the name of this queen who had been unknown before the discovery of her tomb”.

That would make her Khentakawess III, as two previous queens with the same name have already been identified.

Her name and rank had been inscribed on the inner walls of the tomb, probably by the builders, Damaty said.

“This discovery will help us shed light on certain unknown aspects of the Fifth Dynasty, which along with the Fourth Dynasty, witnessed the construction of the first pyramids,” he added.

Miroslav Barta, who heads the Czech Institute of Egyptology mission who made the discovery, said the tomb was found in Neferefre’s funeral complex.

“This makes us believe that the queen was his wife,” Barta said, according to the statement.

An official at the antiquities ministry said the tomb dated from the middle of the Fifth Dynasty (2994-2345 BC).

Archaeologists also found around 30 utensils, 24 made of limestone and four of copper, the statement added.

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  • Mummy
    Jan 6, 2015 - 3:59PM

    The Mummy Returns…….


  • Ruben Malinao
    Jan 14, 2015 - 11:10AM

    This was a great discovery of ancient times, I hope that this will help us to discover great ideas on how they build the great pyramid without using mechanical machines like what we use today. . . And i hope it will not lead us to a wrong way of discovering our past, because there was this thinking of even our ancestors trying to forget the past. . . There is such a mystery why our ancestors unable to track what was realy happening from the past, there is a lapses. . . Any way it’s a great discovery… I love discoveries…


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