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Sekhemkhet was likely son of Pharaoh Djoser, however, he was his successor. Sekhemkhet is also known as Djosertety. His name wasn't mentioned in any list of Pharaohs, but a sign with his name was discovered in Wadi Maghareh in the Sinai Peninsula. His name wasn't translated correctly, so it is possible, that his name was mistakenly associated with a Pharaoh of Archaic period Semerkhet.

Sekhemkhet ruled for 6 years in Egypt

According to the Turin King List Sekhemkhet ruled for 6 years. There is Sekhemkhet's pyramid in Saqqara (it is a step pyramid as well as the Djoser's). Unfortunately there isn't more preserved information about this Pharaoh, except two rock inscriptions in Wadi Maghareh in the Sinai peninsula.

Considering tha fact, that a period of decline of absolutist power followed after Sekhemkhet and following Pharaohs were insignificant and weak, Sekhemkhet was probably murdered.


  Sekhemkhet - a detail from Wadi Magrareh in the Sinai peninsula

Message from the Nile

  • History of Czech institution of egyptology

    The Czech egyptology founder is Frantisek Lexa, the author of up to now evaluated work about ancient Egypt magic and Demotic grammar. Seminar for egyptology started thanks to him in Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Charles University in Prague in 1925. Two years later Lexa became the first regular professor of egyptology in then Czechoslovakia.

  • Abusir - outstation of Czech egyptology expedition

    Abusir is an archaeological locality in Egypt named after nearby recent village Abusir. It is situated on western Nile bank on the edge of Libyan tableland approximately 20 kilometers to the south-west of Cairo. The name of this locality is derived from ancient Egypt god Osiris, from Per Usir (Busiris), "(cult) place of Osiris" (Busiris in Greek).

  • Researches in Western desert

    Czech egyptology is successful in researching not only on pyramidal fields in Abusir recently, but also in supporting and organizing smaller expeditions into egyptian Western desert. Czech expedition has been working even in slowly evanescent oasis El-Hajez since 2003, which is situated about 400 km to the south-west from Cairo.

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