Archaeologists discover name of lost Pharaoh
|Relief carvings in the Temple of Kalabsha on Lake Nasser, Egypt [Credit: AP]|
Boreik went on to note that, despite these earlier references to Sen-Nakht-En-Re, archaeologists had believed him to be an imaginary king, since no monuments had ever been found bearing his name. The recent discovery of the pharaoh’s name on the gate in Karnak, however, strongly suggests that the king was, in fact, once a ruler of ancient Egypt.
In addition to Sen-Nakht-En-Re’s cartouche, the gate is also engraved with hieroglyphic writing, according to which the king had the gate built from limestone blocks transported from Tora (modern Helwan, south of Cairo), which had been under Hykos rule at the time.
Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim described the recent find as “a groundbreaking discovery” that promised to shed further light on the history of the 17th Dynasty. “It is also adds another king to the long list of ancient Egyptian pharaohs,” he said.
Ibrahim has asked Christophe Thiers, head of the archaeological mission, to continue excavations of the gate so as to learn even more about the period in question. “The Temple of Karnak, which has not yet been fully excavated, no doubt still contains many secrets,” Ibrahim concluded.
Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [March 04, 2012]