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Ancient Egypt
1. Introduction
2. People
3. Life styles
4. Culture
5. Education and Science
6. Society
7. Economy
8. Government
9. Cities and Villages
10. Language
11. Religion
12. Kings / periods
13. History
14. Map



























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King Narmer



The 64 cm high Narmer Palette. Discovered at Hierakonpolis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt.
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The 64 cm high Narmer Palette. Discovered at Hierakonpolis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt.

King of Egypt, ruling around 3100 BCE. There are no sources to indicate the length of his reign.
He ruled from Thinis (some kilometres north of Abydos).
He succeeded King Scorpion, and Narmer is by some researches placed into the 0th Dynasty, others make him the founder of the 1st Dynasty. Kinglists from the tombs of the kings Den and Qa'a place Narmer as the founder of their dynasty.
Most of the knowledge of Narmer is linked with the 64 cm high Narmer Palette, discovered at Hierakonpolis in 1898. This mudstone ceremonial palette shows on one side Narmer wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt (photo), on the other hand wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt. Recent research has suggested that the palette relates to specific historical events: One side shows the king suppressing a foreigner, most likely a Libyan, the other shows the king participating in a procession to celebrate a military victory.
Some researches have interpreted the palette to Narmer being the one who united Egypt, although Menes is traditionally accredited this achievement by the historian, Manetho. Some have even suggested Narmer and Menes being the same king.
His burial place has been identified as Tomb B17-18 at Umm al-Qa'ab at Abydos.





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By Tore Kjeilen