Earliest image of Egyptian ruler wearing ‘white crown’ of royalty brought to light

Earliest image of Egyptian ruler wearing ‘white crown’ of royalty brought to light.

The earliest known image of an Egyptian ruler wearing the “White Crown” associated with Egyptian dynastic power has been brought to light by an international team of archaeologists led by Egyptologists from Yale University.

Carved around 3200 BCE, this unique record of a royal celebration at the dawn of the Egyptian dynastic period was found at a site discovered almost a half-century ago by Egyptologist Labib Habachi at Nag el-Hamdulab, on the West Bank of the Nile to the north of Aswan.

The site had been partially damaged in recent years, and the Yale-led team — which also included Egyptologists from the University of Bologna, Italy and the Provinciale Hogeschool of Limburg, Belgium — relied on Habachi’s photos (now stored with the Epigraphic Survey in Luxor) and cutting-edge digital methodology to reconstruct and analyze the images and hieroglyphic text inscribed in several areas within the larger site.

Read More: Earliest image of Egyptian ruler wearing ‘white crown’ of royalty brought to light via Science Daily

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