Long Lost Pharaoh Discovered

While flipping through my Flipboard magazine app today, I came across an article entitled “Egyptologists Unearth Tomb of Long Lost Pharaoh so Ancient Only His Name is Known.” Like any other student of African art history, this caught my eye. Essentially what happened is exactly what the title describes; the point of this post is to explain what it means.

Granite head of an Old Kingdom pharaoh identified with KhaBa. Photo Credit: JMCC1/Wikimedia Commons.
Granite head of an Old Kingdom pharaoh identified with KhaBa. Photo Credit: JMCC1/Wikimedia Commons.

First, the definition of an Egyptologist is one who studies Egypt’s history and culture and regarded to in North America as a branch of archaeology. Mamdouh al-Damati, a minister of antiquities in this subject area, helps us better understand what exactly is going on. On April 20, 2015 al-Damati’s crew discovered a new tomb belonging to a Pharoah whose name was KhaBa. According to sources, KhaBa ruled in Egypt around 2670 BC. This not only places him as one of the earliest leaders of the Old Kingdom, but a stone with his name on it has been uncovered which supports his existence.

Similar to the oldest tool ever found in Kenya, this discovery goes to show even further that Africa has had one of the richest and most original civilizations known to mankind. According to sources, KhaBa’s name means “radiant soul” and this has been seen on a number of seals and bowls. Implications for this finding are huge in terms of imagining what Egypt was like in an era before humans had likely travelled elsewhere in the world. With the oldest civilizations ever recorded to be around 5000 BC in Sumeria, this discovery helps with understanding migration patterns and lifestyles of the earliest humans.

Artifact found in the burial tomb carrying the name of King Khaba. Egypt Exploration Society.
Artifact found in the burial tomb carrying the name of King Khaba. Egypt Exploration Society.

In terms of its relationship to the African Cosmos, civilization this early on gives more probability that scientific and cultural advancements were being made. Given the chance for more research and uncovering more evidence, it would be interesting to see if any of the artifacts contained astrological information or legends. This is a field in which the possibilities are quite endless, and there is still much to learn about the KhaBa.

Sources:

Miller, Mark. “Egyptologists Unearth Tomb of Long Lost Pharaoh so Ancient Only His Name Is Known.” Ancient Origins. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.

Wright, Alex. “Egypt Discovers Tomb of Old Kingdom Pharaoh.” Alaraby. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.

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