A Pharaoh of the Seventeenth dynasty identified at Karnak ...

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CNRS-CFEETK-SenakhtenRe-KarnakSince October 2008 the Franco-Egyptian team has been studying the temple of Ptah (epigraphy, architecture, archeology, photography, restoration and site management), located in northern area of the Amun-Re precinct.

During recent excavations, the first elements of an administrative structure (doorjamb and fragmentary limestone lintel) dating from the Seventeenth dynasty have been uncovered. The hieroglyphic inscription is of first importance giving the identity of the builder of the structure whose name is Senakht-en-Re.


This is the first contemporary document of this king ever discovered in Egypt. His name was previously known only by three documents written one or two centuries after his reign during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth dynasties (ca. 1543-1186 BC.).



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This discovery will radically challenge the historical reconstructions based on the prism of Egyptian historiography and will fundamentally change our understanding of the chronology of this period which has seen the end of the Hyksos domination in Egypt.






Voir le communiqué de presse du CNRS : « Sénakht-en-Rê, la “redécouverte”  d'un pharaon ».



Mise à jour (22 mars 2012) :


Consulter l'article préliminaire consacré aux éléments de porte découverts :


Sébastien Biston-Moulin, « Le roi Sénakht-en-Rê Ahmès de la XVIIe dynastie », ENiM 5, 2012, p. 61-71

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