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Ancient Egypt
1. Introduction
2. People
3. Life styles
4. Culture
5. Education and Science
6. Society
7. Economy
8. Government
9. Cities and Villages
10. Language
11. Religion
12. Kings / periods
13. History
14. Map

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2181-2160 BCE

Open map of Ancient EgyptAncient Egypt / First Intermediate Period /
7th Dynasty

No data for reconstructing years of reign
Neferkare 2
Neferkare Neby
Djedkare Shemai
Neferkare Khendu
Neferkare Tereru

Dynasty of Ancient Egypt 2181-2160 BCE, 21 years, consisting of an unknown number of kings. It is defined as part of the First Intermediate Period.
This dynasty were kings ruling from Memphis, who had central control of Egypt was either about to be lost or already lost. There are many kings that may have been part of this dynasty, but for most of them the only proof of their existence is from the king list found at Abydos (on the walls of the Temple of Seti 1).
The rulers of this dynasty seems to derive directly from the 6th Dynasty but with much of their administration and political structures had been crushed either from internal disintegration or external attacks, or both.
This period was very unstable, shifting between regional wars and the establishment of small kingdoms. Nothing is known of its kings, but their names. The only exception is Ibi, who built a small, and poorly made pyramid at South Saqqara.
Ancient historians have stated that this dynasty lasted as little as either 70 days with one new king each day, or 75 days with a new king every 15 days. Modern research tend to make it last 21 years, often suggesting that there never was any 8th Dynasty.
If the theory that there never was any 8th Dynasty is correct, the last ruler of the 7th Dynasty was overthrown by the rulers that came to form the 9th Dynasty, establishing a new capital at Henen-nesw (Herakloepolis).

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By Tore Kjeilen