Dear Readers: I like to try and write a little something each weekday, to help my team at the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition stay current and connected with the most important state, local and national issues of the day. Happily, I have been asked to return as a contributor to the San Diego News Network.
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There is also important breaking Egypt news! Queen Behenu’s burial chamber discovered at Saqqara
A French archaeological team digging at Saqqara has discovered the burial chamber of 6th Dynasty Queen Behenu, wife of either Pepi I or Pepi II. The burial chamber was revealed while the team was cleaning the sand from Behenu’s pyramid in the area of el-Shawaf in South Saqqara, west of the pyramid of King Pepi I.
The burial chamber uncovered by the French mission is badly damaged, apart from two inner walls which contain engraved Pyramid Texts. Those texts were widely used in royal tombs – carved on walls as well as sarcophagi – during the 5th and 6th Dynasties (circa 2465-2150BC)…..
Dr. Philippe Collombert, who heads the mission, said that further excavation inside the burial chamber led the team to the queen’s sarcophagus. He adds that although the sarcophagus is in good condition, it still stays unclear if this queen was the wife of Pepi I or Pepi II: “It is a well-preserved granite sarcophagus engraved with the queen’s different titles, but says nothing about the identity of her husband”.
As an extra Egypt-bonus: Massive head of pharaoh unearthed in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s Culture Ministry says a team of Egyptian and European archaeologists has unearthed a large head made of red granite of an ancient pharaoh who ruled Egypt some 3,400 years ago.
A ministry statement Sunday said the team discovered the head of Amenhotep III wearing the traditional white crown of the southern kingdom buried in the pharaoh’s mortuary temple on the west bank of the Nile in the southern city of Luxor.