Thursday, January 23, 2014

Phorgotten Pharaoh Found

Couldn't resist the contrived illiteration!  Anyway, another cool archeological discovery made big news this week, this time it involves the discovery of the skeleton of a long-forgotten Egyptian pharaoh named Woseribre Senebkay.  The really important aspect of this find is that it confirms, for the first time, archelologists long-held belief in the Abydos Dynasty; it had always been thought to have existed but, until now, there was no actual evidence. Here's an excerpt from a news story at Live Science:
The rediscovered king's mummy was found in pieces in a pile of debris, ripped apart by tomb robbers. However, University of Pennsylvania archaeologist Josef Wegner, doctoral student Kevin Chahail and their colleagues were able to piece together the royal skeleton. They found that Senebkay was 5 feet, 10 inches (1.75 meters) tall and was in his mid- to late-40s when he died.

The modest tomb is the first physical evidence of the Abydos Dynasty, a reigning lineage that had been suspected to have existed, but never proven.

"It's exciting to find not just the tomb of one previously unknown pharaoh, but the necropolis of an entire forgotten dynasty," Wegner said in a statement.
Wow, at 5' 10" tall 3500 years ago, Senebkay was nearly a giant!  For more interesting tidbits and details on the discovery, click here.