Saturday, April 16, 2:00 PM
Excavations at Abydos in southern Egypt have recently identified a previously unknown royal necropolis. Located beneath a sacred desert peak, Anubis-Mountain, archaeologists from the Penn Museum have been investigating the tombs of pharaohs Egypt’s Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period (spanning a timeframe ca. 1850-1550 BCE). The kings of Anubis-Mountain include some featured in Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt. Work has been on one of Egypt’s largest royal tombs, that of the great 12th Dynasty king Senwosret III. Discoveries during the last two years include the tomb of the previously unknown pharaoh, Senebkay. New evidence shows also that a line of three brother kings, Neferhotep I, Sobekhotep IV and Sahathor built tombs here. Dr. Josef Wegner discusses work just completed in January 2016, the tombs of the twelve pharaohs so far known, and what may yet lie in store at the royal necropolis of Anubis-Mountain.
Josef Wegner is the Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Associate Curator in the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Dr. Wegner has directed excavations at the mortuary complex and settlement site dedicated to pharaoh Senwosret III at South Abydos since 1994.
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