July 23, 2011 By

Tomb of Pharaoh the stranger Discovered

1_3The tomb of a pharaoh from 1650 B.C  previously unknown was discovered at the Abydos archaeological site, near the southern city of Sohag about 500 kilometers south of Cairo. A team of archaeologists led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Josef Wegner stumbled upon the structure while excavating the adjacent tomb of an earlier pharaoh, King Sobekhotep I.

The tomb and the burial place of the pharaoh from the sixteenth dynasty were uncovered amongst the tombs of other Egyptian kings. The walls of the burial chamber were made of stone and decorated with colorful paintings. It had the name of the pharaoh, Senebkay, engraved and the chamber contained the looted remains of the entombment.

Ali Asfar, head of antiquities for the Egyptian government told the NBC News on Wednesday that it was the first time the king was discovered. According to the reports provided Senebkay lived roughly 3,650 years ago, during the second intermediate period of ancient Egyptian history. A pulled apart skelton was unearthed by the team. Senebkay was apparently 5-foot-10 and died in his mid- to late 40s, archaeologists said.  “The discovery has given an interesting look at a period of fragmentation and political conflict, struggling with rival kingdoms of the north and south” Wegner told to NBC news. “The modesty of the size of the tomb points to the decline of economic conditions in this period” he added.

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