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Tomb of Queen Khentakawess III unearthed

By T.K. Randall
January 5, 2015 · Comment icon 7 comments



The tomb was discovered to the south of Cairo. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Axel Seedorff
Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a previously unknown Fifth Dynasty Egyptian queen.
Found within Absusir, an area that served as a cemetery for the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, the tomb is believed to have belonged to the wife or mother of Pharaoh Neferefre who, according to an inscription, was named Khentakawess.

"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," said Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty.
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Believed to date back around 4,500 years, the tomb also contained several artifacts from the same era including a set of limestone pots and four copper tools.

"The unearthed tomb is a part of a small cemetery to the south east of the pyramid complex of King Neferefre (Raneferef) which led the team to think that Queen Khentkaus could be the wife of Neferefre hence she was buried close to his funerary complex," said Egyptologist Dr Miroslav Barta.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Hanslune 8 years ago
Interesting No mention of a mummy so one can presume the tomb was looted long ago.
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Interesting No mention of a mummy so one can presume the tomb was looted long ago. I was wondering that as well. Copper, but no gold or jewelry in the report. Why did some grave robbers steal mummies? If that would even be true. Perhaps there are hidden chambers to be found at that complex. IDK.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hanslune 8 years ago
It is my understanding that jewelry was placed within the mummy for magical purposes and since the resin used in the process made getting to said jewelry difficult they were often burned or chopped up.
Comment icon #4 Posted by questionmark 8 years ago
It is my understanding that jewelry was placed within the mummy for magical purposes and since the resin used in the process made getting to said jewelry difficult they were often burned or chopped up. quite...besides that, for a long period mummies have been exported to Europe and Asia for "medicinal purposes"... in fact, at a time they even made oil paint out of mummies...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Karasu 8 years ago
I'm sure someone, somewhere, who has read this article, had this little question pop into their head; "Was she hot?"
Comment icon #6 Posted by bubblykiss 8 years ago
I'm sure someone, somewhere, who has read this article, had this little question pop into their head; "Was she hot?" She lived in a desert, so yes, for most of the year she was very hot.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Karasu 8 years ago
She lived in a desert, so yes, for most of the year she was very hot. I was hoping someone would get that. Good on you.


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