Mummy of Queen Seshestet found in Egypt?

January 12, 2009

CAIRO (Chattahbox) – Egyptian archaeologists have found the remains of a mummy thought to be that of Queen Seshestet, the mother of a pharaoh who ruled Egypt in the 24th century BC.

Chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass said in a statement: “Although they did not find the name of the queen buried in the pyramid, all the signs indicate that she is Seshestet, the mother of King Teti, the first king of the Sixth Dynasty,”

Historians believe Queen Seshestet ruled Egypt for 11 years – making her one a small number of women pharaohs.

Teti ruled Egypt for at least 10 years around the year 2300 BC and is buried nearby. While archaeologists have found many royal mummies from ancient Egypt, most of them are from the New Kingdom, which began 500 years after Teti’s time.


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