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Obelisk Fragment from the OK at Saqqara

 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:29 am    Post subject: Obelisk Fragment from the OK at Saqqara Reply with quote

" Archaeologists unearth largest-ever discovered obelisk fragment from Egypt’s Old Kingdom " (Ahram Online - Nevine El-Aref, 04.10.2017)

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A Swiss-French archaeological mission at the Saqqara necropolis, directed by Professor Philippe Collombert from the University of Geneva, has unearthed the upper part of an Old Kingdom obelisk that belonged to Queen Ankhnespepy II, the mother of King Pepy II (6th Dynasty, Old Kingdom, around 2350 BC). ...

... carved in red granite and is 2.5 metres tall; the largest fragment of an obelisk from the Old Kingdom yet discovered.

“We can estimate that the full size of the obelisk was around five metres when it was intact,” he said. ...

... the obelisk also bears an inscription on one side, with what seems to be the beginning of the titles and the name of Queen Ankhnespepy II.

“She is probably the first queen to have pyramid texts inscribed into her pyramid,” Waziri said. ...

... at the top of the obelisk, there is a small deflection that indicates that the pyramidion (the tip) was covered with metal slabs, probably of copper or golden foil, to make the obelisk glint in the sun. ...

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the meantime, other finds were reported ...

" Old Kingdom Pyramid Peak Discovered in Saqqara " (Ahram Online - Nevine El-Aref, 12.10.2017)

" Head of Queen Ankhnespepy II Statue Discovered in Giza's Saqqara " (Ahram Online - Nevine El-Aref, 18.10.2017)

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