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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
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Khentkawes, Tomb of

Tomb of Khentkawes, Giza, Egypt

Tomb of Khentkawes. Giza, Egypt.
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Tomb of Khentkawes. Giza, Egypt.
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In Ancient Egypt, tomb of Queen Khentkawes at Giza, living in the 26th century BCE, belonging to the 4th Dynasty. Her tomb is often referred to as pyramid, as it its appearance share the basic characteristics of a step-pyramid.
Little is known of Khentkawes, but it is often assumed that she was the daughter of King Menkaure. She was either the mother of King Userkaf, the first king of the 5th Dynasty, or just his wife. It is often suggested that she had the position of a ruler, although this may have lasted only for a brief period.
Her tomb was built into a cube of bedrock remaining after stones had been quarried for the pyramids at Giza. A passage was made into this, then a superstructure built on top, the outer walls cased, making it appear as a step-pyramid of two steps.
Most likely as a reflection of her image in folklore and religion, her tomb area continued to be developed and enlarged into the 6th Dynasty. A settlement was arranged to the east of the tomb, either lived in as part of religous rituals or perhaps by employees involved in rituals around the Giza funerary area.
The structures around her tomb merges into the valley temple of Menkaure, which may well be an indication that she was the wife, daughter, or sister of Menkaure.

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