>Queen Behenu

>Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the burial site of Queen Behenu. Queen Behenu has been called “the mysterious queen” because archeologists do not know whether she was the wife of King Pepi I or II, two pharaohs of the Sixth Dynasty.

The following is an excerpt from the news report:

CAIRO – French archaeologists announced Wednesday the discovery outside Cairo of the burial chamber of a mysterious queen from Egypt’s Old Kingdom more than 4,000 years ago.

The necropolis of Saqqara outside Cairo has yielded a string of new discoveries as 10 different teams excavate a previously untouched area of these burial grounds were used continuously for more than 2,000 years until Roman times.

French mission head Philippe Collombert said the mummy of Queen Behenu was destroyed, but the chamber contained green hieroglyphics picked out on white stone known as the “Pyramid Texts.”

“We are excited because the texts are well conserved,” he told The Associated Press, adding that the queen’s titles were written on the walls of the 33 by 16 foot (10 meter by 5 meter) burial chamber inside her small pyramid.

Read the news report in its entirety by clicking here. The article also contains a photo of a section of the burial chamber showing some of the hieroglyphics found at the site.

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