Tomb Of Egyptian Queen Khentakawess III Discovered In Abusir

BBC News-Queen Khentakawess III’s tomb found in Egypt

A long-forgotten queen of Egypt has been rediscovered by Czech archaeologists, who unearthed her 4,500-year-old tomb at the Abusir necropolis just outside of Cairo.

Inscriptions on the tomb indicate her name was Khentakawess, or Khentkaus, and that she was married to the Pharaoh Neferefre, also known as King Raneferef, who ruled briefly during the 5th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, the team announced on Sunday.

Since there have been two other queens with the same name, the archaeologists are calling her Khentakawess III, or Khentkaus III, according to AFP.

It’s the “first time we have discovered the name of this queen who had been unknown before the discovery of her tomb,” antiquities minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said in a statement cited by AFP. “This discovery will help us shed light on certain unknown aspects of the Fifth Dynasty, which along with the Fourth Dynasty, witnessed the construction of the first pyramids.”

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  1. Oh, yes, this is indeed another piece of history! Women were more valued back than in the Middle East. 🙂

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    • Social attitudes toward women in the Middle East are not significantly different from most places in the world today. Not 50 years ago, for example, there was a prevailing view in American society that if a woman was raped, then she must have done something to encourage it. Likewise, American society tended to blame a divorced woman for the failure of her marriage. Not exactly ancient history.

      Religious-based discrimination against women is not unique to Muslim majority countries in the region either. This quote is from an article publish last May in The Jewish Daily Forward about instutionalized discimination against women in Israeli society:

      JERUSALEM — Back-of-the-bus seating for women on public transport in Israel will be outlawed soon, its justice minister said on Thursday, pledging sweeping legislation to stop Jewish religious zealots trying to enforce gender segregation in many spheres of life.

      As for ancient Egyptian society, I don’t believe there is any evidence of women and men having equal social status. The royal class was generally regarded as a special, unique class of divine individuals.

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  2. Love reading about new discoveries of ancient artifacts and sites.
    In ancient times up to the late 1970, women only had real power if they were queens, royality, or mother of Sultans. The queens of history that are the most fascinating to read about their lives and use of power.
    Women were property of their fathers or husbands or oldest brother of the family in every society.

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  3. Fascinating article. I love history. I hope they put those artifacts up for public display in the future.

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