During routine excavations in the North site of the temple of Amun-Ra, in the famous complex of Karnak temple in Luxor, a team The Center for French-Egyptian Studies has uncovered a door that they say has led archaeologists to a better understanding of the enigmatic 17th Dynasty of Egypt and to discover Sen-Nakht-En-Re, the lost pharaoh.
It was the dynasty that organized the military campaign that finally managed to liberate Egypt of the invasion of the tribe known as the "Hyksos”.
The door, carved from limestone, is engraved with the name of a king named "Sen-Nakht-En-Re”. Mansour Boreik, the general supervisor of monuments in Luxor, has told Ahram Online that the king's name was previously named twice, during the period of Ramesses and during the reign of pharaoh Ahmose, the latter of which traditionally has the merit of the expulsion of the Hyksos of Egypt.
Boreik went on to point out that, despite the previous references to Sen-Nakht-En-Re, archaeologists had believed it to be an imaginary king, since no monuments with his name have ever been found.
The recent discovery of the pharaoh's name on the Karnak gate, however, suggests that the king was, in effect, a ruler in the Ancient Egypt.
In addition to the cartridge Sen-Nakht-En-Re, the door is also engraved with hieroglyphic writing, according to which the king built the door with blocks of limestone transported from Torah (present-day Helwan, south of Cairo), which had been ruled by Hyksos in those times.
Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim, described the recent finding as “a great discovery”Which promises to shed light on the history of the 17th Dynasty. “This includes another king to the long list of ancient pharaohs of Egypt", He says.
Ibrahim has urged Christophe Thiers, who heads the archaeological mission, to continue the excavations of the gate to learn more about the period in question.
“I have no doubt that the Karnak temple, which has not been fully excavated, holds many secrets”, Concludes Ibrahim.
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