So if you are like and don’t really watch a lot of TV News , you may have missed, this bit of finding out, done by a team of Czech archaeologists led by Miroslav Bárta on January 4, 2015. The team uncovered the tomb of a previously unknown Egyptian Queen – Khentakawess III. According to the Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty, there had been no knowledge of the existence of the queen. There are two earlier queens with the same name though, which is why she is the third!!
Ok, so my first thought was, if no one knew anything about her, how did they know who she was? Duh, I forget about the elaborate writing in Egyptian tombs!! At the top of the page is Khentakawess III’s name, as it was inscribed on her tomb. I typically, place a picture of the subject of my post at the top of the post, but since no one knew about Khentakawess III there are no pictures. Here’s some of what is known – From Wikipedia:
The name and rank of Khentakawess had been inscribed on the inner walls of the tomb, probably by the builders. The reliefs in the tomb identified her both as “the wife of the king” and “the mother of the king”, implying her son ascended the throne. Statuettes and 24 limestone utensils, along with four copper utensils (which were part of the funerary objects), also have been found in the tomb. Read More
Khentakawess III is most likely, the wife of pharaoh Neferefre and the mother of pharaoh Menkauhor Kaiu, based upon the location of her tomb which is located in a small cemetery that is located a short distance southeast of Neferefre’s complex of Abusir,
The tomb has been dated to the Fifth Dynasty which was around 2,450 BC!! It’s hoped that th discovery will shed some light on certain unknown aspects of the Fifth Dynasty. The first pyramids were built during the Fourth and Fifth Dynasties, just after the mothership of the aliens left!
Actually, from Wikipedia…..
There are a total of 14 pyramids at this site, which served as the main royal necropolis during the Fifth dynasty. The quality of construction of the Abusir pyramids is inferior to those of the Fourth Dynasty; perhaps signalling a decrease in royal power or a less vibrant economy. They are smaller than their predecessors, and are built of low quality local stone. All of the major pyramids at Abusir were built as step pyramids, although the largest of them — the Pyramid of Neferirkare — is believed to have originally been built as a step pyramid some seventy metres in height and then later transformed into a “true” pyramid by having its steps filled in with loose masonry. More About Abusir
Ok so reading the above, coupled with discovering that a lot of what is known about Abuir is a result of Czech digs led by Miroslav Bárta that have occurred since 1976, has made me realize that I probably don’t know much about Egyptian history! I wonder if there are any books available that chronicle all the latest discoveries! I need to Find Out!!