Archaeologists discover name of lost pharaonic king

Archaeologists discover name of lost pharaonic king

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Sun, 04/03/2012 - 15:22

Archaeologists have discovered the name of a previously unknown pharaonic king from the 17th dynasty, Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Ali said Saturday.

A French archaeological mission, headed by Christopher Tiers, restoring the Amun Ra temple in Luxor discovered a limestone door that dates back to the 17th dynasty, the ministry said.

Hieroglyphic writing inscribed the king’s name, Nekht In Ra.

Ali said the king will be added to the list of rulers from the 17th dynasty, a period that witnessed the Hyksos occupation of ancient Egypt.

The minister called for excavations to continue, saying other architectural elements that belong to the king might be discovered.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm