Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, July 11, 2011

I am just catching up from a news item last week that rock art over 5,000 years old near Aswan has been studied by a team from Yale. Some reports say it is a new discovery but as the Yale report itself says it was found in the 60s by the Egyptian Egyptologist Labib Habachi near Nag el-Hamdulab on the West Bank of the Nile to the north of Aswan.

See http://yale.academia.edu/MariaCGatto/Blog/18399/DISCOVERED-IN-ASWAN-THE-EARLIEST-REPRESENTATION-OF-AN-EGYPTIAN-KING-WEARING-THE-WHITE-CROWN

It is an important scene because it is the earliest representation of a king wearing the White Crown of Upper Egypt. It is variously claimed to be from Dynasty 0 and 5,200 years old but I have seen no reliable dating methodology published. The main panel shows a Royal Jubilee.

The Yale link is the best for text but for pictures try the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/5200-year-old-rock-drawings-of-earliest-ancient-egyptian-celebrations-unearthed/2011/07/04/gHQAw07kxH_story.html

There are two pictures so make sure you don't miss the close up view.


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