Egypt: a queen comes out of anonymity

Egypt: a queen comes out of anonymity

Since the announcement of the latest discoveries on the genealogy and death of Tutankhamun, the Egypt of the pharaohs continues to fuel archaeological news. A French mission has just discovered near Cairo on the site of Saqqara the pink granite sarcophagus of a hitherto unknown queen, Bahnou. She would have been the wife of Pharaoh Pepi II, ruler of the period of the old empire and would have reigned from 2374 to 2192 BC. J-C. The 2.6-meter-long and four-foot-tall sarcophagus was found in the burial chamber, where prayers intended to facilitate the Queen's passage into the afterlife were engraved. On one side of the sarcophagus, hieroglyphics indicate that the queen is "the king's wife and his beloved", which confirms her status. It remains to piece together the puzzle of the life of this queen come out of oblivion.

The pyramid of Queen Banhou (AFP)



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