Sebek-khu Stele

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Sebek-khu Stele
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The Sebek-khu Stele in a 1914 Manchester Museum brochure
Material Limestone
Writing Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs
Created c.1880-1840 BC
Discovered 1901
Abydos, Egypt
Discovered by John Garstang
Present location Manchester Museum
Identification 3306

The Sebek-khu Stele, also known as the Stele of Khu-sobek, is an inscription in honour of a man named Sebek-khu (Khu-sobek) who lived during the reign of Senusret III (reign: 1878 – 1839 BC) discovered by John Garstang in 1901[1] outside Khu-sobek's tomb at Abydos, Egypt, and now housed in the Manchester Museum.[2][3]

The text is largely about Khu-sobek's life, and is historically important because it records the earliest known Egyptian military campaign in Canaan (or elsewhere in Asia). The text reads "Then Sekmem fell, together with the wretched Retenu", where Sekmem (s-k-m-m) is thought to be Shechem.


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