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Re: Masse on the 'Flood Comet' and the reign of Semerkhet

Subject: Re: Masse on the 'Flood Comet' and the reign of Semerkhet
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 05:30:27 -0600
Newsgroups: sci.archaeology
In article <[email protected]>, 
[email protected] (Eric Stevens) wrote:

>  which is currently dated by many Egyptologists to between 
> about 2950-2920 and 2800-2770 BC [172, 205]

 And the latest King list I can find (2001) dates it to 

> and to assign an arbitrarily equal reign to each of the eight > 
kings of this dynasty,

 Which is a big assumption.
> Among the indicators of a untimely end for Semerkhet is the > 
fact that of all of the First Dynasty Kings and the first two > 
kings of the Second Dynasty, he is the only one not to be > 
represented by a mastaba tomb at Saqqara [84]. 
 There are other possible reasons. The reign name of the Pharaoh 
usually had religious significance. Semerkhet is significantly 
different from other kings of the First and Second dynasty 
indicating a possible difference of religion with a 
correspondingly different burial practice. Compare with 
Akentaton. This would also account for signs and portents during 
the reign.

> First Dynasty structures consistently show the
> effects of intentional burning, and most, especially those at 
> Helwan, appear to have been razed.

 Perhaps this indicates the transition from First to Second 
Dynasty was not voluntary. Or that early Second Dynasty rulers 
were worried about the magical effect of First Dynasty 
inscriptions. An impact big enough to raze some structures would 
raze them all for a distance from the impact point, the pattern 
would be clear. Besides an impact that great would have destroyed 
Egypt completely, not left something for the Second Dynasty, 
Mastaba tombs were tough. 

 Ken Young

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