Saqqara Kings List

The Saqqara Tablet dates to the Ramesside period of ancient Egypt. It is one of the many kings lists dating to that period but like the other lists (the most important being the Abydos Kings List and the Turin Kings List) it contains a number of inaccuracies and misses out several Pharaohs.

It begins with Anedjib (of the first dynasty in the Old Kingdom and ends with Ramesses II (of the ninteenth dynasty in the New Kingdom). The Pharaohs are listed in reverse order, but in many cases they are out of sequence with only the twelfth dynasty being largely accurate.

Saqqara Kings List copyright PLstrom

The omissions include:

  1. All but four of the rulers of the third dynasty;
  2. all of the rulers from the First Intermediate Period;
  3. all of the rulers from the Second Intermediate Period;
  4. the Pharaohs associated with Akhenaten
  5. Hatshepsut

The tablet was discovered in the Saqqara necropolis in the tomb of Tjenry (Tjuneroy), the Scribe of the King, Chief Lector-priest and Overseer of Works on All Royal Monuments for Ramesses II. The names are recorded in reverse order, but below you can see the list in chronological order.

copyright J Hill 2016
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