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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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Relief showing Sekhemkhet.
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Relief showing Sekhemkhet.

Sekhemkhet's step pyramid, Saqqara, Egypt.
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Sekhemkhet's step pyramid at Saqqara.

King of Egypt, 3rd king of the 3rd Dynasty, ruling 2648-2640 BCE, 8 years.
A king named Zoserty by Manetho, is probably identical with Sekhemkhet.
The knowledge of Sekhemkhet is quite fresh, dating first back to 1951, when his unfinished step-pyramid was discovered at Saqqara.
His pyramid was apparently set out to become 70 metres high, 5 metres and one step more than Zoser's. It may have been designed by Imhotep, who was active after Zoser's death. The inner chambers had never been robbed, and the alabaster sarcophagus had never been opened, yet it proved to be empty. The conclusion is that Sekhemkhet was buried somewhere else, most likely at Saqqara.
He was preceded by Zoser, and succeeded by Khaba.

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By Tore Kjeilen