— ABC News (@abcnews) January 5, 2015
Funny how new things can still keep popping up from one of the oldest civilizations in the world.
Czech archaeologists found a 4,500-year-old tomb yesterday (Jan. 4) in Abusir, a massive necropolis from Egypt’s Old Kingdom period, just outside of Cairo. Inscriptions on the walls of the tomb identified the burial place as belonging to the “wife of the king” and “mother of the king,” leading archaeologists to identify it as the tomb of the previously unknown Khentakawess.
As the third queen of her name to be discovered to date, she is now being referred to as Khentakawess III. Believed to be the wife of the short-reigning Pharaoh Neferefre of the Fifth Dynasty, the queen’s tomb is expected to help shed light on this time period of Egyptian history.
While the tomb is reported to have been raided years ago, the archaeologists found numerous limestone and copper utensils and small statues. Officials are dating the tomb, located in what has been considered ‘the unfinished pyramid,’ from as far back as 2994-2345 BC.
As for how sweet ancient Egyptian names were, we couldn’t agree more:
Neferefre sounds like a badass rap name — Jerms (@fix_your_face) January 5, 2015
Czech archaeologists are teaching Egyptians a thing or two about their history! Discover more here!