Archaeologists working at the southern Egyptian site of Abydos have discovered the tomb of a previously unknown pharaoh: Woseribre Senebkay – and the first material proof of a forgotten Abydos Dynasty, ca. 1650-1600 BC.
The existence of an independent “Abydos Dynasty”, contemporary with the 15th (Hyksos) and 16th (Theban) Dynasties, was first hypothesized by Egyptologist K. Ryholt.
An important discovery was the badly decayed remains of Senebkay’s canopic chest. Such reuse of objects from the nearby Sobekhotep tomb by Senebkay, like the reused sarcophagus chamber found during the summer, provides evidence that suggests the limited resources and isolated economic situation of the Abydos Kingdom.