An American excavation mission from the University of Pennsylvania uncovered the name of an ancient Egyptian king from the Abydos dynasty during the second Intermediate Period (1650 BC) during routine excavations south of Abydos archaeological site. According to a statement by the Ministry of State of Antiquities (MSA), the name of the king is Sneb-Kay. His name was found on Tuesday engraved on a wall of his tomb.
The discovery shed more light on Abydos local families
that ruled the nome during the Second Intermediate Period, considered
one of the most critical phases of ancient Egyptian history. Joseph Wagner, head of the American mission, stated that the tomb neighbours the tomb of King Subek Hotep of the 13th dynasty
and the newly discovered tomb can be dated to a dynasty called Abydos
mentioned by archaeologist K.Rhyholt, although the ruling tenure of the
king is still a mystery. He added that the poor state of the tomb shows
that Egypt was suffering bad economic conditions.
Ali El-Asfar, head of the ancient Egyptian Section at the MSA, said
that the tomb was built with blocks
previously used in tombs of the Middle Kingdom. Remains of a wooden
sarcophagus still bearing the king's skeleton were also found. The skeleton of Pharaoh Senebkay was originally mummified but his body was pulled apart by ancient tomb robbers.