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c.1550 2nd INTERMEDIATE PERIOD ends.  Began 1786. 1580 BHoE, RAH 72     1575 GEoP
1570 B76 17-934, Clay, FLAP, IDB 2-243, Murn, PW 15, Sdl 1-24, TTPC, resh, tig
1567 B76 11-896, JIAE, WPOT
1558 SHWC 22     1552 FHBC 218, Grim     1550 Shaw, ktut, phou, pic, wikP
1546 SOTS 44, WERE   1540 ae   1534 nar
NEW KINGDOM begins until 1070.
c.1550 18th DYNASTY begins until 1293.
Located at Thebes (modern Luxor) until 1390.
1580 RAI2, BHoE 225     1576 RAI3
1575 Sag, GEoP 443, CWH
1570 B76 17-934, Clay, lveg, pic
1567 CAH 2.1, JIAE     1552 Grim, MRDK     1550 CVK, Shaw     1540 ae     1534 nar

Ebers Papyrus  EBERS PAPYRUS  a 110-page scroll 20 meters long written in hieratic.

Λ MEDICAL V text, probably a copy of older documents containing prescriptions dating back possibly to 3700.  Contains 700 magic formulas and folk remedies, several eye washes.   Covers: mental disorders, depression, dementia, contraception, diagnosis of pregnancy and other gynecological matters, intestinal disease and parasites, eye and skin problems, dentistry and surgical treatment of abscesses and tumors, bone-setting and burns.  Depression and dementia are covered.  Shows that physicians prescribe diets, fasts, massage.  Some practice hypnosis.

Λ ANATOMY:  Accurately describes circulatory system and heart function.  "46 vessels go from the heart to every limb, if a doctor places his hand or fingers on the back of the head, hands, stomach, arms or feet then he hears the heart.  The heart speaks out of every limb."  Ignorant of kidney function, it makes the heart the meeting point of vessels which carry all body fluids.   (See Alcmaeon 490)   Dicsovered 1872.
pub dom

1700 TTPC
16-1500 mxfld
B76 III-768, IDB 1-488, TTS, hsnf
IDB 1-849, TTT, wikEbrs, wikEMP
no date: hls
Prescribes medical marijuana applied directly for inflammation. 1550 wikMedCan
c.1550 SOAP:  Ebers Papyrus says Egyptians bathed regularly and combined animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to create soap.  (See Celts 750Phoenicia 600) 1550 wikSop
c.1550 Edwin Smith papyrus  EDWIN SMITH SURGICAL PAPYRUS , oldest surgical text, lists 48 traumatic injury cases written in hieratic script with a description of the physical examination, treatment and prognosis of each.  Based on material from 1,000 years earlier.

Λ MEDICINE V, already advanced from before Hyksos period, makes further advances:  closing wounds with sutures (for lip, throat, and shoulder), preventing and curing infection with honey and mouldy bread, stopping bleeding with raw meat.  Immobilisation is advised for head and spinal cord injuries.  Controling power of brain is acknowledged.  1st known description of cranial sutures, meninges, external surface of the brain, cerebrospinal fluid, and intracranial pulsations.  Heart, vessels, liver, spleen, kidneys, ureters and bladder are recognized, and that blood vessels connect to the heart.  Other vessels are described, some carrying air, some mucus, while 2 to the right ear are said to carry the breath of life, and 2 to the left ear the breath of death.  Magic is resorted to in only one case.
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1600 hsnf, wikEMP
1550 MCAW 29, TTS, TTT
Appears to be a copy of a 2500BCE manuscript.
c.1550 Egyptian love poem:
 "It is seven days from yesterday since I saw my love, and sickness has crept over me.  My limbs have become heavy.  I cannot feel my own body.  If the master-physicians come to me, I gain no comfort from their remedies.  And the priest-magicians have no cures.  My sickness is not diagnosed.  My love is better by far for me than my remedies.  She is more important to me than all the books of medicine." 
1550 hls
c.1550 Λ BEER buried in tombs of pharaohs for afterlife consumption.  (See China 1475) 1550 bracdm
c.1550  BOOK of the DEAD  Not a single book, but a type of text used from the beginning of the New Kingdom to c.50.  Generally written on papyrus, they consists of magic spells intended to assist a dead person thru the underworld, so that he might avoid a lake of fire, often mentioned, and enter a pleasant afterlife.  Includes texts drawn from earlier Pyramid Texts and Coffin Texts.  Placed in the coffin or burial chamber of the deceased.  (See Ani) 1600 bk
1575 MCAW 29
1550 wikBotD
no date: wikLF
Pyramid of Ahmose
Photo Wannabe Egyptologist
PYRAMID of AHMOSE:  Not a tomb, but a cenotaph for Ahmose-I at the necropolis of Abydos.  It was the only royal pyramid built in this area.  Made of sand and rubble kept in shape only by the limestone casing.  It had a base length of 52m and was about 40m high.  The slope was 60°.  Today only a pile of rubble about 10m high.
no date: wikPA
c.1546 AHMOSE dies.  1st pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn from 1550.  Buried in the Dra Abu el-Naga area, but his tomb is unknown.  His mummy will be found at Deir el-Bahri TT320 with 44 others.
Son AMENHOTEP-I succeeds to 1528.  Widow Ahmose Nefertari is regent.
1557 BHoE 252, RAH 73
1550 CWH, GEoP, RAI2, Sag
1546 B76 6-472, 17-934, CAH 2.1, Clay, FLAP 87, JIAE, Murn, RAI3, WERE, bk, pic, resh, scar, tig     1545 lveg     1533 SHWC 22     1526 FHBC 218, Grim     1525 CVK, Shaw, ktut, phou, wikP     1524 DMoN   1515 ae
1514 treg     1508 nar
c.1540 AMENHOTEP-I, 2nd pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn 1550-26, invades NUBIA, colonizes it, brings captives back to Thebes. 1550 MCAW 28
yr 8 Shaw 213
no date: TTPC
c.1540 -30 Invasion into Levant or beyond by Amenhotep-I cannot be confirmed, but is not likely. no date: wikAmn1
1537 or 1517 SOTHIS helical rising is noted in 9th day of 3rd month of NINTH YEAR of AMENHOTEP-I.
1537 if observed from Memphis or Heliopolis.
1517 if observed from Thebes.
c.1528 AMENHOTEP-I dies.  2nd pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn from 1550.  1st pharaoh to separate his mortuary temple from his tomb (both at Deir el-Bahri), probably to keep robbers from finding his tomb.  His temple will be obliterated by Hatshepsut to build her own sprawling mortuary.  His mummy will be found at Deir el-Bahri TT320 with 44 others.
He leaves only a daughter named Ahmose.   Her husband, a general, succeeds as THUTMOSE-I 1527-10.
1528 MCAW 28, CWH, GEoP, RAI2
1527 resh     1526 B76 17-934, CAH 2.1, JIAE, RAI3, Sag     1525 B76 17-934, FLAP 87, WERE, bk, lveg     1524 Clay, Murn, Sdl 1-27, pic, scar, tig
1506 Grim     1504 CVK, Shaw, ktut, phou, wikP     1503 DMoN     1494 ae
1493 treg     1484 nar
c.1526 THUTMOSE-I (with Ahmose, son of Ebana), marches south to attack NUBIA.  Arrives at 1st cataract.  Canal full of stones.  Drags ships over rapids, arrives at Tangur above 2nd cataract, soon defeats 1st tribe of Nubians. yr 2 BHoE 256, Shaw 223
c.1525 THUTMOSE-I, 3rd pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn 1527-10, thoroughly subdues NUBIA, extends border beyond 4th cataract, brings back body of Nubian king tied head down to the prow of his ship. 1524 MCAW 28
yr 2 BHoE 257
c.1524 THUTMOSE-I, 3rd pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn 1527-10, invades Levant up to Aram (later called Syria).  Encounters no resistance at Kadesh.  This is little more than a raid with no lasting results. 1530 DHJ 56     1524 MCAW 28     1523 B76 17-934
1520 RAI3 254     no date: BHoE 263
c.1524 In a  victory stele  erected on Tombos Island near the third cataract THUTMOSE-I claims to have built a fortress there and conquered everything from there to Euphrates (a lie).  yr 2 wikT1     1524 MCAW 28
1523 B76 17-934
1520 RAI3 254     no date: BHoE 263
c.1520 AHMOSE, dau of Amenhotep-I, queen of Thutmose-I, bears 2 sons & 2 daus, but only Hatshepsut survives. no date: BHoE 263
c.1520 Temple of OSIRIS at Abydos built by Thutmose-I. no date: TTPC
c.1510 THUTMOSE-I dies.  3rd pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn from 1527, dies in obscured circumstances.  Buried by dau Hatshepsut in the Valley of the Kings in KV20, but later reburied by T-III in KV38.  Son THUTMOSE-II succeeds until 1504.  Half sis HATSHEPSUT is regent. 1518 Clay, Murn, pic, scar, tig    1515 resh
1512 B76 6-472, 17-934, CAH 2.1, JIAE, RAI3, bk     1510 CWH, GEoP, RAI2, Sag
1508 lveg   1503 B76 IV-947   1502 Sdl 1-27 1501 BHoE     1493 Grim 1492 CVK, Shaw, ktut, phou, wikP     1491 DMoN     1482 ae     1481 treg     1472 nar
c.1509 THUTMOSE-II quells revolt in NUBIA.  Executes all involved except for one son of the ruler, who is brought back to Thebes as a hostage. yr 1 B76 6-472,
Grim 212, Shaw 227
c.1504 THUTMOSE-II dies.  5th pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn from 1510.  Reign length and burial place are disputed.  Son THUTMOSE-III succeeds (age @10) until 1436.  HATSHEPSUT remains regent until 1468 1504 B76 6-472, 17-934, CAH 2.1, Clay, JIAE, Murn, RAI3, SHWC 20, SOTS 44, WERE, bk, lveg, pic, scar, tig
1500 DHJ 56     1502 Sdl 2-121     1498 resh     1490 MCAW, GEoP, CWH
1479 CVK, DMoN, Grim, Shaw, ae, ktut, phou, treg, wikP     1466 nar
c.1500 DEIR EL MEDINA (west of Thebes) is a village of craftsmen responsible for royal tombs in Valley of the Kings. 1500 PW 15
c.1500 Colored stripes of red, deep blue, and yellow on cloth become fashionable. 1500 SHT 1-248
c.1500 Roasting beef becomes more commonly depicted. 1500 SHT 1-272
c.1500 MILLING:  until now done only by hand mills, is also done in larger quantities.  Professional millers appear. 1500 SHT 1-274, TTT
c.1500 An Egyptian FOLDING STOOL is essentially the same as a modern one. 1500 B76 7-781
c.1500 Λ LEVER, used as a balance beam for weighing from 5000, used in Egypt & India for lifting water and soldiers over battlements. 1500 B76 11-232
1450 TTT
c.1500 POTTER'S WHEEL, evidenced in Egypt from 1950, now shows evidence of foot wheels. 1500 SHT 1-200
c.1500 GLOVES, until now used only for protection, are now used in Egypt for decoration. 1500 EOET 310
c.1500 FILTERS:  Egyptians discover the principle of coagulation, and apply alum for suspended particle settlement.  Evidenced in tombs of Amenhotep-II and Ramses-II. 1500 kcd
c.1500 CALENDAR V system of 18th Dyn. shows:
1. a primitive seasonal calendar based on annual rise & fall of Nile
2. complicated magical rites to ensure that the sun returns from the underworld in the morning
3. regular festivals based not on astronomy, but on counting of days.
(See Babylonian 1790, Olmec 1200, Babylonian 747, Roman 713)
1500 SHT 1-121
c.1500 YEAST:  A pure or nearly pure form is available. 1500 SHT 1-279
c.1500 HORSES, in Egypt from 1750, taken west to Sahara. 1500 bk
c.1500 Bronze FILES appear. 1500 B76 8-619
c.1500 BAG PRESS is invented for extracting juice or oil from foods.  Food is put in a cloth bag, and the ends twisted in opposite directions. 1500 SHT 1-291
c.1500 PAINTINGS on canvas or cloth attested in Egypt. 1500 SHT 1-243
c.1500 HATSHEPSUT, queen of 18th (Theban) Dyn, sends wooden ships down Red Sea to PUNT V  (unknown location to southeast).  They are received by Perehu, chief of Punt, and buy myrrh, ivory, ebony, monkeys, tamed babboons, greyhounds. 1500 LS 20,
SHT 1-55, 663, 735
yr 9 BHoE 276, nar
c.1500 PLUMBING:  Aristocrat homes have copper pipes carrying hot & cold water. 1500 EOET 200
c.1490 THUTMOSE-III, pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn 1504-1436, under step-mom Hatshepsut, comes of age, but still under Hatshepsut until 1468. 1490 GEoP, RAI2, Sag
c.1490 Λ GLASS V:  Earliest examples of Egyptian glassware are 3 vases bearing name of Thutmose-III, made by same method as 1550. 1490 glslk
reign of T-3: vs2fr
c.1490 HATSHEPSUT sends her favorite, SENMUT, to quarry granite at Aswan for two obelisks.  A BARGE 195' x 70' carries obelisks from Aswan to Karnak (northeast of Thebes), towed by 27 smaller towboats. 1500 LS 22
yr 15 BHoE 281
c.1489 HATSHEPSUT sends mining expedition to Sinai to resume work that had been interrupted by Hyksos. yr 16 BHoE 282
Hatshepsut with beard
HATSHEPSUT, X-regent for Thutmose-III, suddenly has herself proclaimed pharaoh until 1468, wears man's clothes and ritual wooden beard.
Photo by Keith Schengili-Roberts
1503 CAH 2.1-317
1488 MCAW 32
T-3 yr 2 B76 6-472,
yr 2 or 3 Grim 207
T-3 yr 7 DMoN 78
Hatshepsut obelisk
Photo by
Ad Meskens
Two OBELISKS to Amun-Ra, red granite coated with electrum, over 27m tall, erected at Karnak (northeast of Thebes) by HATSHEPSUT.  One survives.  Inscription on its base says:   "I was sitting in the palace and I remembered the One who created me; my heart directed me to make for him two obelisks of electrum, that their pyramidions might mingle with the sky amid the august pillared hall between the great pylons of [Tuthmosis I].... My Majesty began to work on them in year 15, the second month of Winter, 1st day, continuing until Year 16, fourth month of Summer, 30th day, spending 7 months in cutting it from the mountain." 
References to Amun all over it saved it from destruction by Thutmose-III.
1485 TTPC
1456 ltsn
Hat yr 16 Grim 300
Hatshepsut mortuary
Photo by Andrea Piroddi
c.1480 HATSHEPSUT, queen-pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn 1488-68, builds tomb in cliff semi-circle at Der El-Bahri (north of Thebes).  It has colonades of white limestone.   Paintings show her having divine origin. 1480 MCAW 33, 35
c.1479 THUTMOSE-III invades Canaan, celebrates 23rd aniversary of ascension at Gaza, destroys GEZER, conquers Canaan, moves on to YEHEM. 1479 IDB Sup-362, mxfld
1456 DMoN 84
c.1475 GNOMON, an L shaped indicator used as a SUNDIAL V.  Earliest known fragment exists from this time.
(See Babylonia)
1500 wikSnd
1500-1451 TTS, TTT
c.1475 Cleopatra's Needle THUTMOSE-III erects 2 red granite seasonal sundials, both called "Needle of Cleopatra" in Heliopolis.  Shadows indicate time, seasons, and solstices.  One is now in New York, the other in London. 1500-1451 TTS
1450 wikCN

left Ekem
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c.1471  TREATY  THUTMOSE-III & unnamed Hittite king.
pay tribute in exchange for frontier adjustments.  Aram is now dominated by T-III until his death.
1471 B76 1-818
c.1469 THUTMOSE-III, pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn 1504-1436, enlists help of priests of Thebes to gain full power. 1469
From now on, decisions are made increasingly by a priest-directed oracle.
c.1468 HATSHEPSUT probably dies.  Queen-pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn from 1488.  Nothing more is known of her. 1483 Clay, Murn, lveg, pic, resh, scar, tig
1482 B76 IV-947, 6-472, 17-934, CAH 2.1, JIAE, WERE
1468 B76 18-366, GEoP, MRDK, bk
1458 CVK, Grim, Shaw, ae, treg
1457 DMoN, ktut, phou, wikP
1444 nar   T-3 yr 22 B76 18-366, wikT3
after yr 11 GEoP 184
after yr 21 BHoE 282
Tomb shows much trade in Mediterranean, much gold, divine origin of Hatshepsut.
Stepson THUTMOSE-III sole rule until 1436.
c.1468 THUTMOSE-III, pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn 1504-1436, 1st campaign in Canaan.  Marches from Tharu in Egypt to Gaza. yr 22 BHoE 285
c.1468 THUTMOSE-III, defeats a Aramo-Canaanite coalition at Megiddo.  Besieges Megiddo 7 or 8 months, takes it.  Taking Megiddo gives T-III control of all Canaan. 1482 CAH 2.1-532, WPOT 88
1480 RAI2 209     1479 IDB 3-802, RAH 74     1468 B76 18-366, GEoP, WPOT 43     yr 23 BHoE 289, DMoN, GEoP, Shaw 237, wikT3
c.1468 Oct. THUTMOSE-III, pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn 1504-1436, returns to Thebes with more loot than taken by any predecessor. yr 23 BHoE 293
c.1466 THUTMOSE-III, pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn 1504-1436, revisits Levant to receive tribute.   Returns to Thebes in Oct. yr 24 BHoE 295, DMoN
c.1465 THUTMOSE-III 3rd visit to Levant to organize, collect tribute, and administrate.   Returns to Thebes in Oct. yr 25 BHoE 297, DMoN 86
c.1461 THUTMOSE-III (5th campaign) into Levant.   Sails army north to Phoenicia.   Bribes TYRE for entry.   Takes unknown city, takes city and territory around Ardata.   Turns south. Takes ARVAD.   Sails back to Egypt. 1461 GEoP
yr 29 BHoE 298, wikT3
Senenmut ceiling
Photo by NebMaatRa
c.1460 SENENMUT, chief architect, astronomer, and former favorite of Hatshepsut, dies.

Λ ASTRONOMY V:  His tomb (TT353) ceiling contains a presentation of the northern constellations with celestial objects, Osiris as Orion, Isis as Sirius, Horus as Jupiter, Horus again as Saturn.  A bird on the left represents Osiris as a phoenix linked with planet Venus as a morning star.  Another figure of Horus spears an ox representing Set-Apep as the constellation Ursa Major.
SHT 1-122
1460 innov
no date: aw
c.1460 THUTMOSE-III (6th campaign) sails troops from Egypt to Byblos.   Sails up Eleutheros River, takes Simyra, quells rebellion in Ardata.   Marches on KADESH and besieges. yr 30 BHoE 299, DMoN 86, wikT3
c.1460 KADESH destroyed by Thutmose-III. yr 30 BHoE 195, DMoN 86, GEoP
c.1460 Sons of defeated city rulers are deported to Egypt to Egyptianize them and to ensure cooperation of their fathers. yr 30 BHoE 195, DMoN 86, GEoP
c.1459 THUTMOSE-III (7th campaign) into Levant, takes port city of Ullaza and smaller Phoenician ports, takes more measures to prevent further rebellions.   Takes excess Aramean grain which is stored in harbors. yr 31 BHoE 301, GEoP, wikT3
c.1457 THUTMOSE-III (8th campaign) into Levant, sails directly to Byblos, makes boats which he book with him overland on what appeared to be another tour of Aram.  Takes Katna and Senzar, goes north beyond where he had previously conquered, fights serious battle west of Halap, takes Halap, fights at Carchemish, crosses Euphrates into Mitanni, taking Mitannian king by surprise.  Conquers Mitannian cities unopposed.  Receives tribute from Hittites, Asshur, Babylon.  Returns to Aram, takes Niy, where he hunts elephants. 1457 MCAW 32
yr 33 B76 18-366, BHoE 302, DMoN 86, GEoP 194, Grim 216, Shaw 238, wikT3
c.1457 Λ GLASS V, used for ornament and vessels in northeast Mesopotamia from 1500, brought to Egypt, where glass making becomes improved on, especially at El Amarna.  Objects, mostly beads, composed entirely of Glass paste appear. 1500 OCD 467, wikAET
1450 MCAW 35
1400-1351 TTS
no date: Shaw 239-40
c.1456 THUTMOSE-III (9th campaign) returns to Aram, suppresses rebellion at Djahy, raids Nuhasse area, takes Nuges. yr 34 BHoE 313, GEoP,
Grim 216, wikT3
c.1456 THUTMOSE-III campaigns in  Λ PUNT, takes much tribute and a son of the chief of Irem hostage. yr 33 nar
yr 34 BHoE 313-4
c.1455 THUTMOSE-III (10th campaign).  Quells rebellion in Aram, fights Mitanians around Halap, takes only ten prisoners, boasts of great victory, including tribute from Hittites. yr 35 BHoE 314, GEoP, Grim 216, wikT3
c.1454 THUTMOSE-III (11th campaign).  Records lost. yr 36 GEoP, wikT3
no date: BHoE 315, Grim 216
c.1453 THUTMOSE-III (12th campaign) at Nuhashe.  Records lost. yr 37 GEoP, wikT3
no date: BHoE 315, Grim 216
c.1452 THUTMOSE-III (13th campaign) mainly in south Lebanon.  Receives gifts from Cyprus and Assyrian province of Arrapakhitis. yr 38 BHoE 315, GEoP, wikT3
c.1451 SHASU bedouin of south Levant and Sinai first mentioned in Egyptian texts. 1450 BAR 34:06 Nov/Dec, 2008
c.1451 THUTMOSE-III (14th campaign) against the Shasu. yr 39 BHoE 315, GEoP, wikT3
pub dom
c.1450 REKHMIRE, vizir of T-III, tomb TT100 at Thebes shows trade with many countries and duties of his office, including brick making shown above, and using the 40 scrolls of the law.  Pictures illustrate melting of copper using foot operated leather BELLOWS (See China 450), followed by casting of doors for a temple.  Arameans are shown bringing gifts of copper, ivory, live elephants and cats.  Another picture illustrates braiding of leather rope. 1460 MCAW 33
SHT 1-453, 664
1440 SHT 1-627
c.1450 Oldest surviving CHARIOTS come from Egyptian tombs. 15th cen SHT 1-727
c.1450 DYES for fabrics, including only indigo and safflower from 2000, now includes a full range of hues. 1450 B76 5-1099
c.1450 CLEPSYDRA (water clock) V, used in Egypt:  A bowl with a hole at the bottom, for water to leak either into, or out of.  Oldest documentation is tomb inscription of Egyptian court official Amenemhet, which identifies him as its inventor. 1500 crst
16th cen. wikWC
1450 TTS, TTT
Hearst Papyrus
pub dom
 HEARST Λ MEDICAL V PAPYRUS  18 pages, 260 medical prescriptions written in hieratic.  Topics range from "a tooth which falls out" to "remedy for treatment of the lung", but concentrates on treatments for problems dealing with urinary system, blood, hair, and bites by humans, pigs, and hippopotamuses.  Also includes incantations and magic spells.  72% has no known curative elements.
Doubts persist about its authenticity.
2000 wikEMP
time of T-III: wikHP
c.1448 THUTMOSE-III (uprising campaign) into Levant, lands on Aramean coast, takes port of Arqata, quells rebellions in Arka plain, takes Tunip, takes Kadesh, destroys 3 surrounding Mitannian garrisons, returns to Egypt. yr 42 BHoE 315, DMoN 87, GEoP, Grim 216, Shaw 238, wikT3
c.1446 THUTMOSE-III pharaoh 1504-1436, begins desecrating monuments and memory of HATSHEPSUT. yr 46 or 47 Shaw 241
20 yrs after she vanished: DMoN
c.1445 EXODUS - early date  V 1446 FHBC 202    1445 bivu, HCC    1441 FLAP 60
c.1440 (Nubian campaign) NEHI, viceroy of Nubia for Thutmose-III, invades to 4th cataract. yr 50 BHoE 318, DMoN 88, GEoP,
Grim 215, wikT3
c.1439 THUTMOSE-III pharaoh 1504-1436, makes son AMENHOTEP co-king. yr 51 BHoE 318, DMoN 88, Grim 217, Shaw 241
Hatshepsut with beard
Photo by Hajor
THUTMOSE-III dies.  5th pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn from 1504.  Unable to top Hatshepsut, he chooses to be entombed in an unimpressive hole in a wall, KV34, in Valley of the Kings, a trend followed by future pharaohs.
Son, athlete & horseman, AMENHOTEP-II succeeds to 1425.
1458 ae     1450 B76 6-472, 17-935, 18-367, CAH 2.1, Clay, DHJ 56, JIAE, Murn, RAI3, SHWC 20, SOTS 44, WERE, bk, lveg, pic, resh, scar, tig, treg     1448 Sdl 1-27, 164
1447 BHoE     1439 IDB 2-49
1436 CWH, FLAP 92, GEoP, MCAW 32, MRDK 288, RAI2     1425 CVK, Grim, Shaw, ktut, phou, nga, wikP, wikT3     1424 DMoN
KV34 hall
Photo by Hajor
Book of Amduat in KV34
Photo by Hajor
Book of Amduat in KV34
Photo by Hajor
casket in KV34
pub dom
c.1436  BOOK of AMDUAT   "That Which Is In the Afterworld"  A 12 step obstacle course wherein a dead pharaoh navigates thru the underworld, by sailing his solar boat or walking to the afterlife.
1st complete version used in tomb of Thutmose-III.  Originally it was reserved for pharaohs, though his vizir Useramun also has a copy in his tomb.  Complete versions will also be used by Amenhoteps II & III, partial versions by Tuthmose-IV, Seti I, Tutankhamon, Merneptah, Ramesses-III thru VI, excerpts by Ramesses-IV & IX.  No use of it made by Akhenaten or Horemheb and Ramesses-I, who prefer  the Book of Gates .
1425 wikT3
no date: sftp
c.1436 ARAM:  Cities of Orontes Valley led by Kadesh & Tunip, rebel against AMENHOTEP-II. 1450 B76 17-935
at death of T-3: BHoE 323
c.1435 AMENHOTEP-II, pharaoh 1436-25, continues his father's desecration of the monuments of HATSHEPSUT. no date: Shaw 241
c.1435 AMENHOTEP-II, pharaoh 1436-25, 1st campaign, crushes Aramean rebellion.  Personally executes 7 leaders at Kadesh, brings back bodies of enemies tied head downward on the prow of his ship to diplay at Thebes.  All but 1 are mounted on the city walls.  The last is taken to Nubia and hung on the wall of Napata. 1488 B76 17-935
yr 2 BHoE 324
yr 3 Grim 218, wikA2
yr 7 B76 6-473, Shaw 244
no date: GEoP 199-200
c.1435 AMENHOTEP-II, pharaoh of 18th (Theban) Dyn 1436-25, on returning to Thebes, dispatches an expedition to Nubia. yr 2 BHoE 325
c.1433  AMADA STELE  describes Amenhotep-II's Aramean campaign.
Lists among captives, 3,600 Hapiru, 15,200 Shasu, 36,300 Hurrians, 15,070 men of Nuhashe.
Amen-II yr 3 GEoP 200
1430 AYGC 87
c.1432 Limestone quarries at TURA east of Nile south of Heliopolis reopened by Amenhotep-II. yr 4 Shaw 243
c.1429 AMENHOTEP-II, 6th Pharaoh of 18th Dyn. 1436-06, has to reconquer many Aramean cities conquered in 1435, takes 89,600 prisoners. 1443 B76 17-935
yr 7 wikA2
c.1427 AMENHOTEP-II reconquers some cities in Canaan, campaigns as far north as the Sea of Galilee, brings 70,000 captives back to Egypt, then settles into peaceful reign.  After this campaign Egypt and Mitanni never fight again.   Caanan under Egypt until 1350. 1441 B76 17-935
1430 MCAW 32
Amen-II yr 9 B76 6-473, GEoP 202, Shaw 244, wikA2
Photo by Ignati
c.1425 Son of Thutmose-III, AMENHOTEP-II dies age 26-35.  6th Pharaoh of 18th Dyn from 1436.  Tomb KV35 in Valley of the Kings contains complete texts of the Book of Amduat.   Son, THUTMOSE-IV succeeds until 1390. 1425 CAH 2.1, JIAE, RAI3, WERE, bk, ktut, wikP     1423 lveg     1422 Sdl 1-28, 164
1420 BHoE     1419 Clay, Murn, pic, scar, tig
1413 GEoP     1412 MRDK, resh
1401 CVK, Grim, ae     1401 or 1397 wikA2
1400 Shaw, phou     1398 DMoN
1392 treg     1388 nar
c.1425 KENAMUN, chief steward of Amenhotep-II, dies.  Tomb TT93 in the Valley of the Nobles at Thebes. 1450-01
no date: crbs
c.1425 PARCHMENT used for writing in Egypt. 1450-01 TTS
c.1420 boat of Menna tomb RIVERBOAT portrayed in tomb of Menna, probably during reign of Thutmose-IV. 1422-11 wikAET

Photo pub dom
c.1418 Konosso Stele Stele at Konosso  near Aswan erected by THUTMOSE-IV, here shown smiting enemies before Nubian gods Dedwen and Ha.  Queen Iaret stands behind T-IV. yr 7 wikIrt

pub dom
c.1417 Rebellion in NUBIA suppressed by THUTMOSE-IV. yr 8 BHoE 328, Grim 219, nar
c.1413 Lateran Obelisk from southOBELISK (the tallest yet, 105 feet), designed and begun under Thutmose-III, is completed and erected by Thutmose-IV at Karnak Thebes.
Now in Rome, known as the  "Lateran obelisk" .
1413 MCAW 35
1401-1391 dlib

Matthias Kabel
c.1405 THUTMOSE-IV asks ARTATAMA-I, king of Mitanni 1410-00, for a daughter to marry.  Artatama hesitates then complies. no date: BHoE 328
c.1400 Vertical loom Λ LOOM: Vertical framed loom with two beams is used for large pieces of cloth. 1425 gtbrg
1400 SHT 1-427

Art: pub dom
c.1400 INCENSE V:  Earliest remains found in 18th Dynasty tombs. 1400 SHT 1-294
c.1400 PORCELLAIN ornaments begin. 1400 EOET 100
c.1400 WINDLASS used in Egypt.  A windlass is a winch. 1400 TTT
c.1400 AXLE GREASE made by Egyptians from fat, lime, & other stuff. 1400 B76 13-523
c.1400 garden planEarliest surviving detailed GARDEN PLAN put in a tomb at Beni Hassan near Thebes. 2300 wikGBHE
1400 B76 7-891

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c.1391 PERISTYLE HALL built by Thutmose-IV at Karnak.  Lasts until destroyed by Amenhotep-III. Peristyle Hall 1401-1391 dlib

Photo Kairoinfo4u
Peristyle means a row of columns surrounding a space within a building.
c.1390 THUTMOSE-IV dies.  Son of Amenhotep-II, 7th pharaoh of 18th Dyn from 1425.  Entombed in Valley of the Kings KV43, but his body will be moved to the mummy cache in KV35.   Son AMENHOTEP-III succeeds until 1352.
Capital, at Thebes from 1674, moved to Memphis until 1358.
1417 B76 6-473, CAH 2.1, JIAE, RAI3, bk 1413 Sdl 2-122     1412 WERE
1411 BHoE, RAH 74     1410 lveg     1406 GEoP     1402 resh     1391 CVK, ae     1390 Grim, Shaw, phou, wikP
1389 ktut    1388 DMoN     1386 Clay, Murn, pic, scar, tig, treg     1380 nar
c.1389 AMENHOTEP-III marries queen Tiy, dau of chariotry officer Yuya. by yr 2 DMoN 89, Shaw 253
c.1385 Rebellion in NUBIA suppressed by MERMOSE, viceroy of Amenhotep-III.  Mermose penetrates beyond 4th cataract, possibly 5th. 1406 MCAW 32     yr 4 BHoE 330
yr 5 B76 6-473, DMoN 89, GEoP 205, Grim 222, Shaw 260
c.1380 CLEPSYDRA (water clock) V, used from at least 1450: earliest surviving example used in Temple of Amen-Ra at Karnak in reign of Amenhotep-III.   (See Greek 325) 1450 TTS, TTT     1400 B76 4-743 1417-1379 wikWC
reign of Amen-3: Grim 206
c.1380 CANAL from Nile to Red Sea built by Amenhotep-III. 1380 TTPC 7     1250-01 TTS
c.1380 AMENHOTEP-III builds palaces and a lake for his wife, Tiy.  On the lake is a barge named "The Aton Gleams". 1390/70 MCAW 37
KV34 hall
Colossi of Memnon
Photo by Marc Ryckaert
c.1380 AMENHOTEP-III builds a mortuary temple on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes, though he will not be buried in it.  It is guarded by 2 seated "Colossi of Memnon". 1390-70 MCAW 37
1375-58 alpst
1350 123rf, shst
c.1380 AMENHOTEP-III pharaoh 1390-52, marries GILUKHIPA, dau of SHUTTARNA-II, king of Mitanni 1400-1385.  317 Mitanian women accompany her to Egypt. yr 10 B76 6-473, BHoE 333
yr 11 Grim 223
c.1370 Theban prosperity peaks in reign of Amenhotep-III 1390-52. 1400 B76 18-261
c.1370 AMENHOTEP-III pharaoh 1390-52, receives TADUKHEPA, dau of TUSHRATTA, king of Mitanni 1380-50, as a wife for his son AMENHOTEP(IV). no date: BHoE 333
c.1358 Amenhotep-III, residing at Memphis from 1390, moves back to THEBES.   Capital at Thebes until 1346. yr 30 DMoN 91-94
c.1352 AMENHOTEP-III dies age 40-50.  8th pharaoh of 18th Dyn from 1390.  Entombed in the West Valley of the Kings WV22, which has 2 subsidiary chambers for his wives Tiye and Sitamen (also his dau).  His mummy will be moved to KV35 during the reign of Smendes.
Son age 12 AMENHOTEP-IV succeeds until 1334, but changes name in 1347.
1380 bk     1379 B76 6-473, CAH 2.1, JIAE, RAI3     1377 Sdl 1-28     1375 BHoE, RAH 74, WERE     1372 lveg     1367 GEoP, MCAW 36
1364 resh     1353 CVK, ae
1352 Grim, Shaw, phou, wikP
1351 ktut    1349 Clay, Murn, pic, scar, tig     1348 DMoN     1344 treg     1339 nar
c.1350 Λ SCALE, used in Egypt for precious metals from 2500 at latest, only now begins to be used for ordinary commerce in Egypt.  A small wooden balance is used in El-Amarna, and a larger jeweler's balance is depicted in a Theban tomb. 1450-01 TTS
SHT 1-779-84
c.1350 flute playersMUSIC:  Flute players portrayed in a tomb.
(See musician 1000)
1350 wikMI

pub dom
Photo Keith
Magnus Manske
AMENHOTEP-IV starts having artists portray him as a caricature of himself, possibly in contrast to, or in immitation of his stunningly beautiful wife.
yr 2 of reign: Grim 233
c.1349 AMENHOTEP-IV replaces Amon-Ra with Aten. yr 2 Grim 227
c.1348 AMENHOTEP-IV begins new temple of Aten at Thebes. yr 3 nar
c.1347 MAYA, High Priest of Amun at Thebes dismissed by Amenhotep-IV. yr 4 nar
c.1347 AMENHOTEP-IV, 9th pharaoh of 18th Dyn 1352-34, goes publicly monotheist, changes name to AKHENATEN.   Begins new capital at AKHETATEN (later called El-Amarna) half way between Memphis and Thebes. 1374 TTPC
yr 4 B76 6-473, MCAW 36, nar
yr 5 DMoN 98, Grim 227
yr 6 Clay 122, WERE 206
c.1347 MONOTHEISM?  Probably not.  Akhenaten replaces chief god Amun with Aten as head of a HENOTHEISTIC system, while the people worship the god/pharaoh. no date: SHWC 25
c.1346 AKHETATEN (later called El-Amarna) half way between Memphis and Thebes, completed. yr 6 DMoN 99
c.1346 Capital of Egypt:  THEBES from 1358, moved to Akhetaten (El Amarna) until 1331.  This is the AMARNA PERIOD. 1349 aic     yr 5 nar
yr 6 DMoN 99, WERE 207
c.1345 Horseback riding evidenced in Egypt. 1345 B76 8-1092
c.1344 TIY, dau of Yuya & Tuya, widow of Amenhotep-III, mother of Amenhotep-IV, dies. Akhen yr 8 Grim 222
c.1340 MEKETATEN, 2nd dau of Akhenaten & Nefertiti, dies. Akhen yr 12 Grim 234
c.1340 NEFERTITI, wife of Akhenaten, put away in disgrace.  Meriaten replaces her beside Akhenaten in ceremonies. Akhen yr 12 MCAW 36
This theory has been discredited, since erasures of monuments belonging to a queen of Akhenaten have been shown to refer to Kiya instead. wikN
c.1340 Rebellion in NUBIA quelled by Akhenaten. yr 12 Shaw 270
c.1340 AKHENATEN receives tribute from all subserviant countries in a big ceremony. yr 12 Shaw 270



 AMARNA LETTERS , About 380 tablets all on clay, mostly written in Akkadian, but contain some Canaanite glosses in cuneiform.  include following letters:
Amenhotep-III to & from Babylon king Kadashman-Enlil
Babylon king Burna-Buriash-II to Amenhotep-III & IV
Amenhotep-IV to Babylon king Burna-Buriash-II
Assyria king Ashur-Uballit-I to Amenhotep-IV
Mitanni king Tushratta to Amenhotep-III & IV
Mitanni king to Palestine kings
Amenhotep-III to & from Arzawa king Tarhundaraba
Ugarit king Niqm-Adda-II to pharaoh
Nuhasse king Addunirari to pharaoh
Qatna king Akizzi to Amenhotep-III
Amurru king Abdi-Asirta to pharaoh
Gubal king Rib-Addi to Pharaohs & Egypt officials
Beruta king Ammunira to pharaoh
Sidon king Zimriddi to pharaoh
Tyre king AbiMilki to pharaoh
Amurru king Aziri to pharaoh
Mittani king Shuttarna to pharaoh
Damascus mayor Biryawaza to king
Acco king Zatatna to pharaoh
Megiddo king Biridija to pharaoh
Some mention Shardana and Danuna Sea Peoples, and Anatolian Lukka.
SHT 1-582 1386-13
1377-60 BBP 27
1350s-30s wikAL
1340 hifi
c.1340 WOOD WORKING abundant at El-Amarna:  painted wood columns, ceiling beams, bonding for walls, supports for stairs, inlay work. 1350
SHT 1-306
c.1340  Book of the Heavenly Cow  written in Middle Egyptian to explain death and suffering:  Humans plot against Ra, who sends Hathor to slaughter the rebels, bringing death into the world.  Ra saves the rest of humanity by putting out beer dyed to resemble blood, which Hathor drinks, becoming drunk.  Ra withdraws into the sky and resides on the back of Nut the heavenly cow.  He organizes the underworld for the dead to dwell in.  Human suffering is caused by separation from Ra.
1st copies of it appear in tombs of Seti-I (KV17), Ramesses-II (KV7) and Ramesses-III (KV11).  In each instance, it is in an annex off the burial chamber.
Amarna Period: wikBHC
c.1338 NEFERTITI, dau of Ay, wife of Akhenaten, drops out of history.  But in the Theban tomb of Parennefer TT188, Amenhotep-IV and Nefertiti are portrayed seated on a throne.  Her mummy has never been identified. 1330 wikN
Akhen yr 14 Grim 234
c.1336 AKHENATEN, 9th pharaoh of 18th Dyn 1352-34, makes son or bro SMENKHKARE co-king. 1370 WERE     1364 JIAE     1351 MRDK     1350 GEoP     1338 Grim, Shaw, phou
1336 Clay, Murn, ktut, pic, scar, treg     1335 ae, tig
c.1334 AKHENATEN, formerly Amenhotep-IV, dies in unknown circumstances.  Son of A-III, 9th pharaoh of 18th Dyn from 1352.  Buried at Akhetaten.  His body will be removed after the court returns to Thebes.  DNA proves a body found in tomb KV55 to be father of Tutankhamun, and is therefore probably Akhenaten.   Co-king SMENKHKARE sole rule 1334. 1366 WERE     1363 bk     1362 B76 6-474, CAH 2.1, JIAE, RAI3
1358 RAH 81, Sdl 1-28     1355 lveg
1350 GEoP, MCAW     1347 MRDK
1343 DMoN    1338 Grim    1337 ktut
1336 Shaw, phou     1335 ae
1334 Clay, Murn, pic, resh, scar, tig, treg, wikP     1322 nar
c.1334 SMENKHKARE dies age 20.  Son or bro of Akhenaten, 10th pharaoh of 18th Dyn from 1334.  Buried at Akhetaten.  Probable mummy found in KV55.   Son of Akhenaten & Kiya, TUTANKHATEN succeeds (age 9) until 1325. 1366 WERE     1362 JIAE
1361 B76 6-474, CAH 2.1
1348 MRDK     1347 GEoP
1343 DMoN     1336 Grim, Shaw, phou     1334 Clay, Murn, ae, ktut, pic, scar, treg, wikS
1333 CVK, tig, wikP
Neferneferuaten succeeds until 1332. wikN
c.1332 TUTANKHATEN, 11th pharaoh of 18th Dyn 1334-25, changes name to TUTANKHAMUN. yr 2 of reign: Clay 129
yr 3 of reign: wikTt
c.1331 CAPITAL of Egypt:  at AKHETATEN from 1346, moved back to THEBES until 1279, by Tutankhamun. 1336 aic, wikNKE
yr 1 Grim 237
yr 3 MCAW 36
KV62 entrance
Photo: Peter Bubenik
KV62 plan
Photo by Roger469
KV62 walls
Photo by Hajor
Tut mask
Photo by Steve Evans
c.1325 TUTANKHAMUN dies age 17 or 18.  Son of Akhenaten & Kiya, 11th pharaoh of 18th Dyn from 1334.  Buried in Valley of the Kings KV62, where his tomb will remain undisturbed until 1922.   Vizir (age c.70) AY succeeds until 1321. 1357 WERE     1352 B76 6-475, JIAE, RAI3, bk     1349 Sdl 2-122     1339 GEoP, MCAW 1337 MRDK     1333 DMoN     1327 Grim, Shaw, phou     1325 CAH 2.1, Clay, Murn, ae, ktut, pic, resh, scar, tig, treg     1324 wikP 1323 CVK     1311 nar
c.1325 Tomb of Tutankhamun contains skin cream, lip color, cheek rough, and  Λ PERFUME still usable when opened in 1922. 1400 TTT
1350 EOET 221
c.1325 COMOSITE BOWS buried in tomb of Tutankhamun.
(See Megiddo 1468crossbow 1300)
1324 wikCB
c.1325 ANKES-NAMUN, widow of Tutankhamun, sends 2 letters to Suppiluliuma-I, king of Hittites 1375-22, asking him to send a son to be her husband and pharaoh.  Suppiluliuma complies, but his son is killed in Aram by order of Horemheb. 1339 MCAW 38
1333 DMoN 113
London Medical Papyrus
 LONDON MEDICAL PAPYRUS  61 recipes:  25 medical, 36 magic.  Medical recipies focus on skin and eye complaints, bleeding (mostly to prevent miscarriage by magic), and burns.  Claims to have been discovered by priests Tebmut in her sanctuary:   "Behold!  The darkness of the night enveloped the Earth but the moon cast her beams upon all pages of this book and it was brought to the treasury of His Majesty King Khufu." 
1629/8 wikLMP
1325 aemed, brtms
1300 abmk, crst
c.1324 Royal tombs at Akhetaten are stripped, bodies taken to Thebes for reburial.  Body of Akhenaten never positively identified. soon after Tut dies: DMoN 107
c.1323 AY nominates army officer Nakhtmin, possibly Ay's son or adopted son, to succeed him rather than Horemheb. no date: wikH
WV23 entrance
Photo Roland Unger
WV23 casket
Photo by Roland Unger
WV23 wall
Photo by kairoinfo4u
c.1321 AY dies.  12th pharaoh of 18th Dyn from 1325.  Though he has an unfinished tomb at Amarna, he is buried in Valley of the Kings tomb WV23.  Only the burial chamber is decorated.
General HOREMHEB succeeds until 1293.  He removes Naktmin's rival claim to the throne, smashes Ay's sarcophagus, chiseles out Ay's name and figure from his tomb walls and probably destroys Ay's mummy.
1353 WERE     1352 JIAE, RAI3
1348 B76 6-475, CAH 2.1, GEoP, bk
1345 Sdl 1-29     1342 lveg
1333 MRDK     1328 DMoN
1323 Grim, Shaw, phou
1321 Clay, Murn, ae, ktut, pic, resh, scar, tig, treg
1320 wikP     1319 CVK     1307 nar
c.1320 Tomb (TT49) of NEFERHOTEP (not to be confused with 1750) chief clerk of Amun on west bank of Nile, opposite Thebes.  In courtyard 2 stela flank the entrance.  Entrance leads into a hall which connects via a doorway to a hall containing 4 pillars.  At the back of the pillared hall a niche contains seated statues of Neferhotep and wife Iuy. 1327-3 mtms     1320 lsgrd
r. of Ay and/or Horem: gptlgy, wikLTT, wikTT49
c.1320 HOREMHEB usurps and enlarges Ay's mortuary temple at Medinet Habu for his own use and erases Ay's titulary on the back of a 17 foot statue by carving his own titulary in its place. no date: wikH
c.1320 HYPOSTYLE HALL begun at Karnak (northeast of Thebes) by Horemheb.  He builds the 2nd, 9th and 10th Pylons, using recycled talatat blocks from Akhenaten's monuments.  Not finished until 1278. 1320 MCAW 39
Hypostyle means flat roof supported by columns.
c.1313 Tomb of Thutmose-IV, recently robbed, is restored by Horemheb. Horem yr 8 DMoN 117, wikH
c.1300 SPOKES of chariots (4 from 2000) increased to 6.
(See Anatolia 1400, China 1300)
1313 CWH
c.1300 Tomb art changes from pleasant scenes of everyday life to the perils of the afterlife. 1300 MCAW 41
Saqqara columns
Photo by Neithsabes
Saqqara chariot
Photo by Neithsabes
Saqqara scribes
Photo by Neithsabes
c.1300 TOMB at SAQQARA near Memphis, begun for Horemheb when he was a general during reign of Tutankhamun, partly with cannibalized blocks from Old Kingdom monuments, is finished, but he will not be buried in it.  It will be used for his wife Mutnedjemet and a baby. no date: ae, wikH
Hunefer Papyrus
Photo by Jon Bodsworth
c.1300 HUNEFER, scribe during 19th Dyn, writes a  Book of the Dead .
In the 3 scenes, the dead man (Hunefer) is taken to the judgment hall by jackal-headed Anubis.  His heart is weighed, with Ammut awaiting the result and Thoth recording.  Having passed the test, Hunefer is presented by falcon-headed Horus to Osiris, seated in his shrine with Isis and Nephthys.
1300 wikH
c.1300 Iron smelting first evidenced in Egypt, but is not wide spread. 1300 B76 12-246
KV57 wall
Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
c.1293 HOREMHEB dies. (parents unknown) 13th pharaoh of 18th Dyn from 1321, appoints vizir Paramesu successor and dies w/o heir.  Buried in Valley of the Kings tomb KV57.
Paramesu (age c.50) succeeds as RAMSES-I until 1291.
1320 B76 VIII-410, 6-475, CAH 2.1, JIAE, RAI3, bk 1319 WERE     1318 Sdl 1-29     1315 BHoE 1314 lveg     1308 GEoP     1307 CVK, ae
1305 MRDK     1301 AYGC 159     1298 DMoN
1295 Grim, Shaw, phou, treg
1293 Clay, Murn, pic, resh, scar, tig
1292 ktut, nar, wikH, wikP
c.1293 18th DYNASTY ends.  At Thebes from 1550. 1345 Sdl 2-80     1342 lveg
1320 CAH 2.1, JIAE, RAI3
1319 CVK     1307 ae     1305 MRDK
1295 FHBC 225, Shaw, phou, treg
1293 Clay, pic, resh, tig
1292 ktut, nar, wikP
19th DYNASTY begins until 1186.
c.1293  BOOK of GATES  (an abridged  Book of Amduat ) first appears in tomb KV57 of Hoermheb.  Describes the 12 hour nocturnal journey of the sun (Ra) thru the underworld.  Each of 12 gates is guarded by a goddess who must be appeased in order to pass.  The goddesses each have different titles, and wear different colored clothes, but are otherwise identical, each with a 5 pointed star above her head.  The main innovation, is a judgment scene before Osiris, after the 5th gate to ensure punishment of the enemies of Ma'at.  The longest complete versions are on sarcophaguses of Seti-I, and probably Ramses-II, and in the Osireion of Abydos (a version dating back to Merenptah).  The Book has 2 distinct sources: the long version - external to the Valley of the Kings.  The short version, begins under Horemheb.  The two versions combine under Merenptah, 1st king to use in his tomb the elements of the last part of the Book. no date: osrs, wikBG    
c.1291 RAMSES-I makes son SETI co-king. yr 2 BHoE 408
Tomb KV16
of Ramses-I portrays Ra traveling thru the underworld in his barque, from the Book of Gates.
Saqqara chariot
c.1291 RAMSES-I dies.  Son of a general named Seti, 1st pharaoh of 19th Dyn from 1293.  Buried in a quickly built tomb KV16 in Valley of the Kings.  Son SETI-I succeeds until 1279. 1318 B76 VIII-410, 6-475, CAH 2.2, JIAE, WERE 1317 RAI3, Sdl 1-164     1313 BHoE, lveg     1308 GEoP     1306 CVK, ae     1285 DMoN
1294 Grim, Shaw, phou, treg
1291 Clay, Murn, nar, pic, resh, scar, tig
1290 ktut, wikP
c.1290 SETI-I marches northeast from the city of Tjaru in north-east Delta along the "Horus Military road" containing a series of army forts, along the Mediterranean coast.  While crossing Sinai, he fights the Shasu bedouin.  In Aram, he takes Acco and Tyre, receives tribute from some city states.  Others, including Beth-Shan and Yenoam, have to be captured but are easily defeated.  The attack on Yenoam is illustrated in his war scenes, while other battles, such as the defeat of Beth-Shan, are not shown because the king did not personally participate.  He confronts Hittites at KADESH, but does not seek battle, captures Amurru and Kinza, forces BENTISHINA, king of Amurru, vassal of Hittites, to switch loyalty until 1284.  He receives submission of the chiefs of Lebanon, who are compelled to cut down cedar as tribute. 1308 MCAW 38     1300 MCAW 40
yr 1 BHoE 410, DMoN 120, Grim 247, wikS1
early in reign of Muwatalli-II: hinf
c.1288 SETI-I probably conducts operations against Libyans who had invaded the western Delta. yr 2 BHoE 412
c.1286 SETI-I 2nd pharaoh of 19th Dyn 1291-79, campaigns in Levant, storms KADESH, probably takes it, marches north, fights Hittites in Orontes valley (1st battle between a pharaoh and Hittites).  Outcome unknown.  Returns to Thebes. no date: BHoE 412
c.1285 Balance of power between Hittites and Egyptians is restored in Levant.  KADESH remains under Hittites.  Coastland south of Litany River under Egypt. Seti-I yr 6
DMON 121
no date: BHoE 413
c.1283 Rebellion in NUBIA at Irem.  Seti-I sends troops, which crush it after a 7 day campaign and take over 600 prisoners. yr 8 DMON 121, nar, wikS1
c.1282 SETI-I, 2nd pharaoh of 19th Dyn 1291-79, turns attention to gold mines of Nubia.  Improves roads to Nubia. yr 9 Shaw 287
c.1282 SETI-I personally opens new rock quarries at Aswan to build obelisks and colossal statues, most of which are only partly finished or decorated by the time of his death. yr 9 wikS1
c.1282 SETI-I appoints son Ramses his chosen successor, but a coregency is unlikely. yr 9 wikS1
c.1280 Λ  EXODUS - late date   Based on the assumption that the intervening period until Solomon is far shorter than the 480 years of 1K 6:1. 1290 AYGC 159, FLAP 60, IDB 1-584 1275 TTPC     1250 FHBC 203
1235 MCAW 40
Egyptians, Semites, Nubians, Libyans
c.1279 Son of Ramses-I, SETI-I dies unexpectedly in late 30s.  2nd pharaoh of 19th Dyn from 1294.  Buried in Valley of the Kings tomb KV17, deepest of all New Kingdom royal tombs: 136m.  In a scene from the Book of Gates, Horus escourts 4 reps of each of the 4 races (Egyptians, Semites, Nubians, Libyans) into the underworld.
Son RAMSES-II succeeds until 1213.
1304 B76 6-475, CAH 2.2, JIAE, RAI3, SOTS 45, bk
1301 Sdl 1-29, 164, lveg
1299 WERE     1292 BHoE, RAH 82, SHWC 29     1291 GEoP   1290 CVK, MCAW 40, ae     1289 MRDK
1279 DMoN, Grim, Shaw, ktut, nar, phou, pic, treg, wikP, wikS1
1278 Clay, Murn, resh, scar, tig
c.1279 CAPITAL of Egypt:  THEBES from 1331, , moved to PI-RAMESES until 1213. 1279 wikNKE
KV17 ceiling
Photo Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
c.1279 Λ ASTRONOMY V:  Ceiling of tomb of Seti-I contains a presentation of the northern constellations, with same figures as those of Senenmut 1460, but in different positions. no date: innov
c.1279 Isis
ISIS portrayed with outstretched wings in tomb of Seti-I.
1360 Photo wik pubdom
c.1278 RAMSES-II, pharaoh of 19th Dyn, 1279-13, calls himself "beloved of Set", cannibalizes monuments of Middle Kingdom to build his own monuments more than any other pharaoh of 19th Dyn. no date: BHoE 195, NLEM 20
Temple at Abydos
Photo by Roland Unger
c.1278 White marble TEMPLE at ABYDOS, begun by Seti-I, finished by Ramses-II. yr 1 wikS1
Hypostyle Hall
pub dom
Hypostyle Hall
Michael Caven
c.1278 HYPOSTYLE HALL at Karnak (northeast of Thebes), begun 1320 by Horemheb, finished by RAMSES-II. no date: MCAW 39
c.1278 RAMSES-II, pharaoh of 19th Dyn, 1279-13, begins building PI-RAMSES - using Hebrew slaves according to Exodus 1:11. no date: MCAW 40
c.1277 SHERDEN Sea People attack Nile Delta, and are defeated by Ramses-II in a sea battle. 1278 hifi
yr 2
Grim 250, wikSP
Recorded on  Tanis Stele II
"the unruly Sherden (Sardinians?) whom no one had ever known how to combat, they came boldly sailing in their warships from the midst of the sea, none being able to withstand them." 

Some Sherden are taken prisoner, and then join his army.
c.1277 RAMSES-II, pharaoh of 19th Dyn, 1279-13, begins wars with Nubians and Libyans. yr 2 wikSP
c.1275 RAMSES-II, pharaoh of 19th Dyn, 1279-13, invades Canaan until ?, to fight Hittites (and possibly Sea People). yr 4 BHoE 424, Brit Ramses-II, DMoN 124, Grim 253, nar
yr 5 IDB 4-11
c.1275 RAMSES-II, returns to Egypt until 1274. yr 4 Grim 253
c.1274 RAMSES-II, pharaoh of 19th Dyn, 1279-13, marches thru Canaan and Galilee, caught unprepared by strong chariot force of Hittites & allies near KADESH.  In great danger.  Keeps enemies at bay until reinforcements arrive from Amurru and elsewhere, and then dispurses enemies. 1300 WPOT 205
1299 WPOT 92
yr 5 DMoN 126,
Grim 253, IDB 2-51, 4-11
c.1274 BATTLE of KADESH:  Draw battle, but Hittite political victoryRamses-II fails to take Kadesh, and withdraws.  Hittites retain Aram. 1300 B76 17-936, WPOT 205     1299 WPOT 92 1298 LEWH 50     1296 Sdl 1-29, 97
1288 RAH 84     1287 IDB 3-802
1286 SOTS 91     1285 MCAW 40, CWH, RAI2     1274 nar     yr 5 IDB 2-51
c.1273 Ramses-II and his army return to Egypt. yr 6 DMoN 126
c.1272 RAMSES-II, pharaoh of 19th Dyn, 1279-13, returns to Canaan.  Half of his troops are under his son Amon-hir-hepeshef, which chases the Shosu tribes across the Negev to the Dead Sea, capture Edom-Seir, then capture Moab.  Ramses attacks Jerusalem and Jericho, then enters Moab and joins his son. yr 7 DMoN 127, Grim 256, hinf
c.1272 RAMSES-II and son Amon-hir-hepeshef, march to Hesbon, Damascus, take Kumidi, then recapture Apa district. yr 7 Grim 256, hinf
c.1272 LAW:  EQUALITY of WOMEN before the law is shown by land-ownership litigation described on a scribe's tomb. 1272 MCAW 41
c.1271 Egyptian army sent into Canaan and Syria until 1270.  Occupies Acco, moves north to Dapur and erects a statue of Ramses-II, reaches Tunip, where no Egyptian had been for 120 years, recovers Kadesh and northern Amurru. yr 8
Grim 256
c.1265 Great Temple of Abu-Simbel GREAT TEMPLE of ABU-SIMBEL on upper Nile begun 20 years previously, dedicated to gods Amun, Ra-Horakhty, Ptah, and a deified Ramses-II, finished.  35m wide with four 20m tall statues of R-II sculptured directly from the rock, topped by a frieze with 22 baboons. 1265 wikAS
1260 TTT

Photo Fred Hsu
c.1261 MURSILI-III, former king of Hittites 1272-67, takes refuge in Egypt.  Ramses-II refuses extradition demands of Hattusili-III. Ram-II yr 18 Grim 257
c.1261 Egyptian army sent into Edom and Moab, suppresses local rebellions, returns via Canaan. Ram-II yr 18 Grim 257
c.1259 Hittite peace envoy meets Ramses-II at Pirameses. Ram-II yr 20 Grim 261
c.1259 The IREM of Upper Egypt rebel and are crushed by Ramses-II.  7,000 prisoners taken. Ram-II yr 20 Grim 259
c.1259 SETAU, Ramses' viceroy of Kush, invades land of Jam in Kush. Ram-II yr 21 nar
c.1258  TREATY  HATTUSILI-III & RAMSES-II non-aggression pact because of rise of Assyria.  Establishes borders in Aram.  North Aram & Amurru remain under Hittites; South Aram & Canaan remain under Egypt. 1289 IDB 1-280     1284 B76 17-936, RAI3, WPOT 33, bk     1280 FLAP 167, Sdl 1-29, 132, SOTS 91     1272 BHoE 437, IDB 3-802, RAH 84, TTPC 8     1270 IDB 2-51
1269 B76 1-819, CWH, IDB 4-11, MCAW 40, RAI2     1258 hifi, nar     yr 21 B76 6-475, DMoN 127, FLAP 167, Grim 257, 268, hinf, phou
c.1256 HATTUSILI-III, 11th king of 2nd Hittite Dyn 1267-37, visits Egypt to solidify treaty of 1258.  Gives eldest dau as wife to RAMSES-II. 1271 WPOT     1259 BHoE 439
1256 IDB 4-11, 2-51
13 yrs after treaty: BHoE 439
c.1250 Egyptians can move stones and statues weighing 1000 tons. time of Ram-II: TTT
Hypostyle Hall
Photo by Marc Ryckaert
Hypostyle Hall
Photo by Hajor
c.1250 RAMESSEUM, Ramses-II's mortuary temple in Theban necropolis across the Nile from Thebes, 20 years in building, finished.  Oriented northwest/southeast, the temple comprised 2 pylons (gateways, 60m wide), one after the other, each leading into a courtyard.  Beyond the 2nd courtyard, at the center of the complex, is a covered 48-column hypostyle hall, surrounding the inner sanctuary. no date: wikRmsm
Ani Papyrus
c.1250  PAPYRUS of ANI  A "Book of the Dead" for scribe Ani of Thebes.  Contains declarations and spells to help deceased Ani in the afterlife.  Written in cursive hieroglyphs, illustrated with color miniatures.
In center is a balance, holding Ani's heart (left) and a feather (right) representing Maat (truth and order).  The crossbar of the balance hangs from the upright support.  A small baboon (a form of the god Thoth) squats on top.  Jackal-headed Anubis holds the cord of the right pan, and steadies the plumb bob of the balance.  Right of the balance stands Thoth, here in human form with ibis head; Thoth holds a scribe's palette and a reed brush, ready to note the results of Ani's interrogation.  On a mat behind Thoth sits a monster ready to consume Ani s heart if he fails to pass the test.  This creature has the head of a crocodile, the forepart of a lion, and the rump of a hippo.
1250 brtms, wikLF, wikPA
1240 egyk
c.1250 Λ ASTRONOMY V:  At least 43 constellations are familiar to the Egyptians. 13-1200 aw
c.1246 RAMSES-II marries a Hittite princess. yr 33 Grim 257
Stele of Qetesh
Qetesh stele {{PD-US}}
Qetesh relief plaque
Qetesh relief Camocon
KV7: R-II at Kadesh
Qetesh stele Rama
c.1240 Canaanite goddess QETESH (Kadesh) is adopted into Egyptian religion.  A fertility goddess of sacred ecstasy and sexual pleasure, represented as a frontal nude wearing the headdress of Hathor and standing on a lion.  She holds a lotus flower to Min of Egypt and a snake to Canaanite warrior god Resheph.  She is called "Mistress of All the Gods", "Lady of the Stars of Heaven", "Beloved of Ptah", "Great of magic, mistress of the stars", and "Eye of Ra, without her equal".  She is associated with Anat, Astarte, and Asherah, and has elements associated with goddesses of Myceneae, Minoans of Crete, and certain Kassite goddesses of the metals trade in tin, copper and bronze between Lothal and Dilmun.    1292-1186 wikQts
c.1235 RAMSES-II marries a 2nd Hittite princess. yr 44 Grim 258
c.1235 SETAU, Ramses' viceroy of Kush, invades Nubia. R-II yr 44 Grim 259, nar
c.1234 TUDHALIYAS-IV, king of Hittites 1237-09, visits Egypt. R-II yr 36 Grim 257
c.1230 SEA PEOPLES begin raiding Levant and Egypt. 1230 vrb
c.1224 KHAEMWASET, crown prince of Egypt, dies, leaving bro Merneptah heir. R-II yr 55 Grim 268
c.1220 Λ ASTRONOMY V:  Oldest known copies of an almanac. 1220 aw
c.1220  IPUWER PAPYRUS  contains  Admonitions of Ipuwer  Describes Egypt as afflicted by natural disasters and in a state of chaos.  Poor have become rich, and the rich poor.  War, famine and death are everywhere.  Servants are leaving their servitude and acting rebelliously. 17th cen: wikLAEP     1600 bk
contents describe 2nd Interm. Per.
MS itself = late 13th cen: wikIP
KV7: R-II charging Nubians
Photo by Roderick Dailey
KV7: R-II at Kadesh
c.1213 RAMSES-II dies age 67-90.  Son of Seti-I, 3rd pharaoh of 19th Dyn from 1279.  Buried in the Valley of the Kings KV7, but his mummy will be moved to TT320.  Weak pharaohs rule until end of dynasty.
Son (now in his 60s) MERNEPTAH succeeds until 1203.
1294 CVK, GEoP, ae
1237 B76 6-475, CAH 2.2, JIAE, RAI3, bk     1236 B76 VI-808
1235 AYGC 159, DHJ 59, SHWC 29
1234 Sdl 1-29, 30, lveg
1232 WERE     1225 BHoE, RAH 82
1213 Shaw, ktut, nar, phou, treg, wikP       1212 Clay, DMoN, Grim, Murn, pic, resh, scar, tig
c.1213 CAPITAL of Egypt:  PI-RAMESES from 1279, moved to MEMPHIS until 1070. 1213 wikNKE
c.1209 MERNEPTAH, pharaoh of 19th Dyn 1213-03, puts down disorder in Canaan. 1224 MCAW 42 yr 3 BHoE 465
c.1208 The "NINE BOWS" confederacy under the king of Libya invades the western delta until 1207. 1221 TTPC     1219 MCAW 42
yr 5 nar     yr 5 & 6 Grim 269, wikSP     1208 hifi
c.1207 The "NINE BOWS" confederacy defeated by Merneptah at Perire.  Kill 6,000 and take 9,000 prisoners. 1285 pczy     1231 B76 17-940
1230 PAE 158, PANE1 231, pczy
1229 Sdl 2-259     1221 TTPC, bk 1219 MCAW 42     1208 hifi
yr 5 B76 17-940, BHoE 468, Grim 269, PANE1 231, pczy
yr 5 & 6 wikSP
Recorded in 4 inscriptions of Merneptah, who says he killed 6,000 soldiers and took 9,000 prisoners, 9,000 swords.
His Karnak Inscription indicates that this coalition included Sea Peoples.  "Danya, Ekwesh, Teresh, Tjekker, Lukka, Sherden (Sardinians?), Shekelesh (Sicilians?), Northerners coming from all lands."   Lukka (Lycians) are also mentioned.
Merneptah Stele
 MERNEPTAH STELE (aka Israel Stele) , a black granite slab, over 3m high.  Mostly glorifies Merneptah"s victories over Libyans and their Sea People allies, but the final 2 lines mention a campaign in Canaan, where Merneptah says he defeated and destroyed Ashkalon, Gezer, Yanoam and Israel.   "Israel is laid waste; his seed is not.  Palestine has become a widow for Egypt." .  This is the 1st known mention of IsraelDiscovered in Thebes.
yr 5 DHJ 79, wikMS
IDB 1-584
Merneptah sarcophagus
Photo by Hajor
MERNEPTAH dies.  Son of Ramses-II, 4th pharaoh of 19th Dyn from 1213.  Buried in Valley of the Kings KV8 in 4 nested sarcophagi, the outer one being the biggest ever discovered.  Yet somehow his mummy will be removed to the mummy cache in KV35 of Amenhotep II.
Possible usurper AMENMESSE may succeed, or may be regent for next pharaoh until 1199.
1223 B76 VI-808, 6-475,
CAH 2.2, JIAE     1220 Sdl 1-30
1216 lveg     1215 BHoE, DHJ 59
1214 CVK, GEoP, ae
1209 RAI3     1203 Shaw, ktut, phou, treg, wikP
1202 Clay, Grim, Murn, nar, pic, resh, scar, tig     1201 DMoN
c.1200 CANAAN, under Egypt from 1274, is now free of Egyptian domination. guess
c.1200 SEMITES in Egypt, remaining after Exodus, migrate north. 1200 TTPC 8
c.1200  CAIRO CALENDAR  records passage of stars to predict the future in terms of favorable and unfavorable days.

Λ ASTRONOMY V:  Allegedly shows a binary star in the Perseus constellation.   (See Babylonia 1200)
1200 wik
c.1200 Λ GEOMETRY:  3-4-5 RIGHT TRIANGLE used by surveyors.  1st usage may be much earlier.  (See Plimpton Tablet 1800) 1200 TTT
c.1200  CHESTER BEATTY Λ MEDICAL V PAPYRUS  Contains magical incantations against headaches and remedies for rectal ailments. 1200 wikCBMP
c.1200 UMBRELLA used in Mesopotamia from 1400, acquires religious significance in Egypt.  Goddess NUT is represented as an umbrella-like covering of the earth.  Man made umbrellas become embodyments of Nut. 1200
EOET 318
c.1200 Λ GLASS making:  An active industry in Egypt and Mesopotamia from at least 1550, declines in Egypt until 550. 1200 txgls
c.1199 AMENMESSE dies.  Regent or usurper pharaoh of 19th Dyn from 1203.  Buried in Valley of the Kings KV10.  But almost all of its texts and scenes are erased or usurped by agents of Seti-II, son of Merneptah.  SETI-II succeeds until 1194. 1217 B76 6-476, CAH 2.2, JIAE     1216 lveg     1214 ae     1210 CVK
1200 Shaw, phou, treg, wikP
1199 Clay, Grim, Murn, ktut, pic, resh, scar, tig, wikAm     1196 DMoN, nar     SIPTAH succeeds: BHoE
c.1198 SETI-II, pharaoh of 19th Dyn, abandons SET worship in favor of OSIRIS. no date: NLEM 20
c.1198 SHASU tribes of Edom cross into Egypt during reign of Seti-II 1199-94. 1205 WPOT 231
c.1196 Tale of 2 brothers  TALE of 2 BROTHERS  preserved on D'Orbiney Papyrus:
Anubis's wife tries to seduce his bro Bata, fails, and accuses Bata of trying to seduce her.  Bata flees, Anubis pursues.  Bata castrates himself to prove his innocence.  Anubis goes home and kills his wife.  A convoluted story follows, suggesting that the original story was expanded over time.
r. of Seti-II: wikS2, wikT2B

Photo pub dom
c.1194 SETI-II dies.  Son of Merneptah, pharaoh of 19th Dyn from 1199.  Buried in unfinished tomb KV15.
Possible only son SIPTAH succeeds until 1188.  Widow of Seti-II, TWOSRET (Tausert) is regent.
1210 B76 6-476, CAH 2.2, JIAE     1208 GEoP     1204 CVK, ae
1197 lveg, wikP, wikS2     1196 Grim
1195 DMoN, nar     1194 Shaw, phou, treg     1193 Clay, Murn, ktut, pic, resh, scar, tig
c.1194 SIPTAH, pharaoh 1194-88, goes to NUBIA to install his viceroy, SETI. yr 1 BHoE 473
c.1190  INSCRIPTION  in 4th year of SIPTAH shows Chancellor Bay's last appearance in public. yr 4 wikSpt
c.1189 CHANCELLOR BAY executed on orders of Siptah. yr 5 wikSpt
c.1189 TWOSRET, regent for pharaoh Siptah, assumes royal titles. Siptah yr 5 DMoN 140
KV47 with sarcophagus
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SIPTAH dies age @16.  Possible son of Seti-II, pharaoh of 19th Dyn from 1194.  Buried in Valley of the Kings KV47 (an undecorated cave).  His mummy will be moved to the cache at KV35.
Stepmom TWOSRET succeeds until 1186.
1203 B76 6-476     1202 GEoP     1200 CAH 2.2     1198 CVK, ae
1191 wikP   1190 Grim
1189 DMoN, nar     1188 MRDK, Shaw, phou, treg     1187 Clay, Murn, ktut, pic, resh, scar, tig
KV14 hallway
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TWOSRET dies.  Widow of Seti-II, pharaoh of 19th Dyn from 1188.  Buried in Valley of the Kings KV14, a tomb made for her during reign of Seti-II.
1200 B76 6-476, CAH 2.2
1196 CVK, ae     1194 GEoP
1190 wikP   1188 Grim, nar
1187 DMoN     1186 MRDK, Shaw, ktut, phou     1185 Clay, Murn, pic, resh, scar, tig, treg
c.1186 19th DYNASTY ends.  Began 1293. 1200 CAH 2.2, DHJ 79, JIAE, Sdl 2-74, 80     1197 lveg     1196 CVK, ae
1188 Grim, nar     1186 MRDK, Shaw, ktut, phou, wikP     1185 Clay, Murn, pic, resh, tig, treg
20th DYNASTY begins until 1070.
c.1186 SETNACHT ascends.  (of unknown origin) becomes 1st pharaoh of 20th Dyn until 1184.
Claims to have "driven out the usurper".  Refuses to acknowledge Siptah and Twosret, but claims to have succeeded Seti-II.
1200 B76 6-476, CAH 2.2, JIAE, WERE     1197 lveg     1196 CVK, ae
1190 wikP     1188 Grim, nar
1187 DMoN     1186 MRDK, Shaw, ktut, phou, treg     1185 Clay, Murn, pic, resh, scar, tig     1184 GEoP
c.1186 SETNACHT starts on tomb KV11 in Valley of the Kings, but stops when diggers accidentally brake into the tomb of 19th Dynasty pharaoh Amenmesse.  Setnakhte then appropriates KV14 of his predecessor Twosret for his own use. no date: wikStn
KV14 hallway
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SETNACHT dies.  1st pharaoh of 20th Dyn from 1186.  Buried in Valley of the Kings KV14.
Son RAMSES-III succeeds until 1153.
1198 B76 VIII-410, 6-476, BHoE, CAH 2.2, JIAE, RAH 82, WERE, pczy
1197 Sdl 1-30, 164     1195 lveg
1194 CVK, ae     1186 Grim, nar, wikP, wikStn     1185 DMoN     1184 MRDK, Shaw, bk, phou, treg     1182 Clay, GEoP, Murn, ktut, pic, resh, scar, tig
c.1179 RAMSES-III defeats a land and sea attack in the Delta by LIBYANS and SEA PEOPLES, including at least the Peleset and Tjeker. 1194 Sdl 1-173     1188 yr 8 IDB 3-791
1187 yr 5 wikSP     yr 5 B76 6-476, BHoE 479, DMoN 142, nar, pczy
1179 hifi
c.1176 SEA PEOPLES, including Peleset, Teresh, Tjeker, Shekelesh, Denyen, and also Weshesh (Libyans) invade Egypt, camp in Amor and send a fleet to the Nile.  RAMSES-III ambushes the fleet and defeats the land force at his border.  He takes chiefs captive: from Hatti, Amor, and Shasu. 1190 B76 17-941     1176 hifi
1174 RAI2     yr 8 B76 17-941, DMoN 143, Grim 272, pczy, wikSP
c.1176 SEA PEOPLES' conquest is recorded in Medinet Habu inscription of Ramses-III, by means of a net drawn across the mouth of a river.
 "The foreign countries made a plot in their islands, and all the lands were removed and scattered by battle all at once.  No land could stand before their arms, from Hatti, Kode, Arzawa, Carchemish, Alashiya (Cyprus?) on being cut off." 
The Peleset and Tjekker warriors who fought in the land battle against Ramses-III are accompanied in the reliefs by women and children loaded in ox-carts with Λ solid wheels.
1200 SHT 1-209
1190 B76 17-941, WPOT 56
1176     MCAW 46
1175 wikSP     1174 MCAW 47
yr 8 B76 17-941, pczy, wikSP
c.1173 Libyans and Sea Peoples led by Meshwesh tribe again invade Delta. R-3 yr 11 BHoE 481, nar
c.1172 RAMSES-III, pharaoh 1184-53, defeats SEA PEOPLES and Libyans. 1188 PANE 1-185
1187 IDB 1-399, 4-11, MCAW 46     yr 12 wikSP
1172 hifi     1170 PAE 159
Stele mentions the Tjeker, Peleset, Denyen, Shekelesh, and Weshesh in land battle at DJAHY in Canaan.
Medinet Habu aerial
Photo by Steve F-E-Cameron
Medinet Habu front
Photo by Rémih
Medinet Habu colonade
Photo by Steve F-E-Cameron
c.1172 MEDINET HABU temple and palace finished by RAMSES-III, pharaoh 1184-53. 1174 MCAW 47
after yr 11 mclng
yr 12 BHoE 492
R-3 defeats Sea people
R-3 defeats  Philistines
c.1172 MEDINET HABU walls show Ramses-III' defeating Sea Peoples. 1174 MCAW 47
after yr 11 mclng
yr 12 BHoE 492
c.1170 1st recorded STRIKE by pyramid workers at Thebes, because of bad food, lack of ointments, and delayed payroll. 1170 TTPC 8, bk
yr 29 DMoN 146
no date: SHT 1-286
c.1160 SHASU of Seir cross into Egypt during reign of Ramses-III. 1180 WPOT 231
c.1160 RAMSES-III makes abortive attempt to recover Aram. no date: MCAW 46
c.1160 HAREM PLOT to replace RAMSES-III with prince Pentewere is discovered and exposed to the legal heir Ramses(4). yr 32 nar

 TURIN PAPYRUS  includes:  Map, King List, Judicial Papyrus, Erotic Papyrus.

Turin Map
 MAP  oldest surviving topographical map, made for Ramses-IV's quarrying expedition to Wadi Hammamat in Eastern Desert.

 TURIN KING LIST  believed to be the most extensive list of Egyptian kings, and is basis for most chronology before Ramses-II.  Beginning and ending are lost.

 JUDICIAL PAPYRUS  record of trials against conspirators plotting to assassinate Ramses-III in "Harem Conspiracy".  Mostly summaries of accusations, convictions, and punishments.

 EROTIC PAPYRUS  Scroll-painting 2.6m by 25cm, contains 12 vignettes of various sex positions.  Men are scruffy, balding, short, paunchy, with large genitalia.  Women are nubile.  The only extant erotic scroll-painting.

Sdl 3-438
1160 wikTP
KV11 3 gods
Photo by Peter J. Bubenik
KV11 jackal pillar
KV11 offerings
c.1153 RAMSES-III murdered.  son of Setnacht, 2nd pharaoh of 20th Dyn from 1184, murdered in or after after a harem conspiracy.  Buried in KV11, one of the largest in the Valley of the Kings, started by Setnakhte, but abandoned when it broke into the earlier tomb of Amenmesse.
Oldest surviving son RAMSES-IV succeeds until 1146.
1167 BHoE, RAH 82, WERE
1166 B76 VIII-410, 6-476, CAH 2.2, JIAE, RAI3, bk, pczy
1165 Sdl 1-30, 164     1164 lveg     1163 CVK, ae     1155 wikP, wikR3
1154 Grim, nar     1153 DMoN, MRDK, Shaw, phou, treg
1151 Clay, GEoP, Murn, RAI2, Sag, ktut, pic, resh, scar, tig
c.1151 RAMSES-IV visits quarries at Wadi Hammamat. yr 2 BHoE 507
c.1150 MERCENARIES formerly employed by Ramses-III, settle in delta cities. no date: BHoE 19
c.1150  HARRIS PAPYRUS-1 , 41m long with @1,500 lines of hieratic text, consists of a list of temple endowments and a brief summary of the entire reign of Ramses-III.
 "As for those who reached my frontier, their seed is not, their heart and their soul are finished forever and ever.  As for those who came forward together on the seas, the full flame was in front of them at the Nile mouths, while a stockade of lances surrounded them on the shore, prostrated on the beach, slain, and made into heaps from head to tail." 
The Edomites too were subjugated.  In the west he stopped the incursions of the Libyans and Meshwesh and settled them in the western Nile delta.
Ramses-III claims that he made subjects of the Sea Peoples and settled them in southern Canaan.
 "I sent my emissaries to the land of Atika, [Timna] to the great copper mines which are there.  Their ships carried them along and others went overland on their donkeys.  It had not been heard of since the (time of any earlier) king.  Their mines were found and (they) yielded copper which was loaded by tens of thousands into their ships, they being sent in their care to Egypt, and arriving safely." 
Also mentions that Setnakhte, R-III's father, restored order to Egypt after civil conflict, expelling Asiatic followers of Irsu.
But the text is prepared by Ramses-IV to show his great works, and temple wealth.  Lists 30 forms of bread and cakes.  Beans, peas, & lentils are eaten, but subject to taboos
SHT 1-271
no date: wikPH1, wikR3
c.1150 Thanks to Hittites ,  IRON is now in general use everywhere in the Mediterranean except Egypt, which uses it, but clings to traditional bronze.
(See 1200 in Europe, Levant, Persia)
1200 SHT 1-596
1150 WPOT 93
c.1150 EGYPTIAN Λ MEDICINE V is divided into 2 schools:
1. Fevers, pain, & tumors are diseases treatable by expensive physicians.
2. It's all caused by demons which can be expelled by cheap priests.
Physicians and priests both prescribe enemas, purgatives, special diets, herbs, poultices of animal fat.
1150 TTPC 8
c.1150 ECONOMY:  Price of wheat rises 8-24 times its original price from 1182-1127, and stays inflated for remainder of century. 1182-1127 pczy
c.1149  WILBOUR PAPYRUS  land survey and tax assessment document covering lands from Crocodilopolis south almost to modern El-Minya (90 miles).  Shows most land is controlled by Amun priests, who also direct finances.  14% of cultivable land between Fayyum and Assiut is assigned to Amun temples. 1150 CAH 7.1-132
R-5 yr 4: wikR5
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Photo byEigene Aufnahme
c.1146 RAMSES-IV dies age c.50.  5th son of R-III, 3rd pharaoh of 20th Dyn from 1153.  Buried in Valley of the Kings KV2.  His mummy will be moved to the royal cache KV35.
Son RAMSES-V succeeds until 1142.
1161 BHoE     1160 B76 VIII-410, 6-476, JIAE
1156 CVK, ae     1149 wikP, wikR4
1148 CAH 2.2, Grim
1147 Shaw, nar, phou, treg
1146 DMoN     1145 Clay, Murn, ktut, pic, resh, scar, tig     1134 GEoP
c.1145 Workmen at Deir el-Medina periodically stop work on Ramesses-V's KV9 tomb out of fear of "the enemy", presumably Libyan raiding parties, who had reached the town of Per-Nebyt and "burnt its people".  Another incursion by these raiders Thebes into Thebes is recorded a few days later. yr 1 wikR5
c.1145 Debris from digging KV9 is dumped over the entrance to Tut's tomb, protecting it from robbers. no date: wikR6
c.1142 RAMSES-V dies of smallpox, age 30-35.  Son of Ramses-IV, 4th pharaoh of 20th Dyn from 1153.  He will not be buried until year 2 of the following reign.  A son of R-III, RAMSES-VI succeeds until 1134. 1156 B76 VIII-410, 6-476, CAH 2.2, JIAE
1151 CVK, ae     1145 wikP, wikR5
1144 Grim   1143 Shaw, phou, toreg
1142 MRDK, nar     1141 Clay, CWH, DMoN, GEoP, Murn, ktut, pic, resh, scar, tig
c.1140 Mummy of Ramses-5 buried in Valley of the Kings KV9, which is highly irregular since tradition required a king to be mummified and buried precisely 70 days into the reign of his successor.  Ramses-VI will commandeer KV9 for himself. R-6 yr 2 wikR5
KV9 Book of Earth
pub dom       Book of Earth
KV9 Book of Caverns
pub dom       Book of Caverns
c.1134 RAMSES-VI dies.  Son of R-III, 4th pharaoh of 20th Dyn from 1153.  Buried in KV9 along with R-V.  KV9 contains funerary texts:  Book of Earth  describing the creation of the solar disk Ra, and  Book of Caverns  describing the journey of Ra thru the 6 caverns of the underworld, focusing on rewards and punishments in the afterlife.  Son RAMSES-VII succeeds until 1128. 1148 B76 VIII-411, 6-477, CAH 2.2, JIAE     1143 CVK, ae     1137 wikP, wikR6     1136 Grim, Shaw, phou, treg
1135 MRDK     1134 GEoP, nar, pic
1133 Clay, DMoN, Murn, ktut, resh, scar, tig
c.1134 Λ ASTRONOMY:  STAR TABLE V is on ceiling of tomb of Ramses-VI. no date: wikEA
c.1134 Shortly after burial, R-VI's tomb is ransacked by thieves who hack at his hands and feet to get his jewelry.  His mummy, will be found in KV35 and reveal severe damage to his body, with the head and torso broken into several pieces by an axe. 1137 wikR6
c.1128  TURIN ACCOUNTING PAPYRUS  created.  Records the commissioning of some copper work and mentions 2 foreman at Deir El-Medina: Nekhemmut and Hor[mose]. R-7 yr 7 wikR7
KV1 entrance
pub dom
KV1 ceiling
{{PD-US}}       Double image of sky goddess Nut on ceiling
c.1128 RAMSES-VII dies.  Son of Ramses-VI, 6th pharaoh of 20th Dyn from 1134.  Buried in east Valley of the Kings KV1 containing funerary texts: Book of Earth, Book of Caverns, Book of Gates, and a double image of sky goddess Nut on the ceiling.  Mummy never found.
Son of R-III, RAMSES-VIII succeeds until 1126.
1147 B76 VIII-411, CAH 2.2
1141 JIAE     1136 CVK, ae
1134 GEoP     1133 pic    1130 wikP
1129 Shaw, phou, treg, wikR7
1128 Grim, resh     1126 Clay, Murn, nar, scar     1125 DMoN, ktut, tig
c.1126 RAMSES-VIII dies.  7th pharaoh of 20th Dyn from 1128, dies.  Tomb never found.   RAMSES-IX succeeds until 1108. 1142 BHoE     1140 B76 VIII-411, CAH 2.2, JIAE     1134 GEoP     1131 CVK, ae 1129 wikP, wikR8     1126 Shaw, phou, pic, resh, scar, tig, treg     1125 Grim     1124 ktut, nar     1123 DMoN
c.1116 AMENHOTEP, high priest of Amon at thebes, given much wealth by Ramses-IX.  Some regular payments made to pharaoh are transferred to treasury of Amon. yr 10 BHoE 508
c.1110 HIGH PRIESTS of Amon shown on monuments equal in height to Ramses-IX, implying that they are equal in power. 1110 MCAW 46
c.1110 Tomb of Sobekemsaf-I and other royal tombs in western Theban necropolis are robbed.  Investigation implicates royal officials.  Recorded in Abbott Papyrus, Amherst Papyrus and Mayer Papyri. R-9 yr 16 BHoE 510, Grim 289, wikR9
c.1110  AMHERST PAPYRUS  Court records dealing with tomb robberies under Ramesses-IX.  Confessions of 8 robbers are elicited by beating with a double rod, smiting feet and hands.  They are impaled - the standard tomb-robbing punishment. R-9 yr 16 wikAP
c.1108 Six men are convicted of robbing tombs of Seti-I and Ramses-II. yr 19 BHoE 510
RAMSES-IX makes son Ramses co-king.
c.1108 RAMSES-IX dies.  7th pharaoh of 20th Dyn from 1126.  Buried in KV6.  His mummy will be found in Deir el-Bahri cache DB320.
RAMSES-X succeeds until 1098.  All that is known of him is that the insecurity and tomb robberies, prevalent under his predecessors, continued to grow under him.
1123 BHoE, JIAE     1121 B76 VIII-411, 6-477, CAH 2.2     1117 GEoP
1112 CVK, ae     1111 wikP, wikR9
1108 Clay, Murn, Shaw, phou, pic, resh, scar, tig, treg     1107 Grim
1106 ktut     1105 nar     1104 DMoN
c.1108 ASTRONOMY V:   Λ STAR TABLE is on ceiling of tomb of Ramses-IX. no date: wikEA
c.1107  MAYER PAPYRI  Vizier of the South and 3 high officials examine 6 suspected tomb robbers at Deir el-Bahri.  Confessions are corroborated by the police chief of the Theban Necropolis and other witnesses, among them the son of one of the thieves.  This witness had been a child at the time of the crime; still, he was beaten when examined, as was a female witness. R-10 yr 1: wikAP
c.1100  ABBOTT PAPYRUS  218cm wide and 42.5cm high, written in hieratic.  Mayors of the East and West Banks of Thebes investigate tomb robberies. 1100 wikAbP
c.1100  INSTRUCTION of AMENEMOPE  written in 30 numbered chapters by scribe Amenemope son of Kanakht at Akhmim.  Discourses in traditional form of instructions from father to son on how to live a successful and moral life. 1200 bk
1100 wikAmn
c.1100 Λ ASTRONOMY:  Amenhope writes  "Catalog of the Universe" .  Identifies the major known constellations. 1220 aw
c.1098 RAMSES-X dies.  8th pharaoh of 20th Dyn from 1108.  His KV18 tomb in Valley of the Kings is unfinished, and it is uncertain if he was ever buried here, since nothing was discovered in it.  Son RAMSES-XI succeeds until 1070. 1121 BHoE     1114 JIAE, GEoP
1113 B76 VIII-411, 6-477, CAH 2.2
1112 ae     1107 wikP, wikRX     1102 ktut     1101 nar     1100 CVK  1099 Shaw, phou, treg     1098 Clay, Grim, pic, resh, scar, tig 1094 DMoN
c.1094 WENAMON, Egyptian envoy, sent to BYBLOS to buy timber for Ramses-XI.  He is robbed, and arrives without credentials or gifts.  He notifies his superiors who send more trading goods, and Wenamon buys his timber. 1100 IDB 3-802, 4-722
1091 MCAW 51     1080 SOTS 115
R-11 yr 5: wikWnmn
1079 B76 17-944
1060 AYGC 212, WBANE 342
1050 IDB 3-792
c.1080 HERIHOR, general under Ramses-XI, appointed High Priest of Amun at Thebes until 1074.  Becomes a counter-pharaoh, creating a theocracy. 1095 MCAW 50     1090 BHoE
1080 Clay, ae, nar, resh, scar, tig, treg     no date: JIAE, phou
c.1074 HERIHOR, High Priest of Amun at Thebes from 1080, ends.
Son-in-law PIANKH succeeds until 1070.
1080 Clay, ae, nar, resh, scar, tig, treg       no date: JIAE, phou
c.1070 RAMSES-XI dies.  Son of Ramses-X, 9th pharaoh of 20th Dyn from 1098.  Buried in KV4 in Lower Egypt by Smendes, because he who buried the king customarily inherited the throne. 1118 BHoE     1087 CWH, GEoP
1085 B76 VIII-411, 6-477, CAH 2.2, JIAE, lveg     1078/7 wikR11     1077 wikP
1070 Clay, CVK, Murn, ae, pic, resh, scar, tig
1069 Grim, MRDK, Shaw, ktut, nar, phou, treg     1064 DMoN
R-12 succeeds: BHoE
c.1070 20th DYNASTY ends.  Began 1186. 1200 SHWC 22     1090 Sdl 2-74
1087 GEoP     1085 CAH 2.2, JIAE, RAH 72, SOTS 44, lveg     1070 Clay, CVK, Murn, ae, pic, resh, tig     1069 Grim, MRDK, Murn, Shaw, ktut, nar, phou, treg, wikP     1064 DMoN
NEW KINGDOM ends.  Began 1550.
3rd INTERMEDIATE PERIOD begins until 715 or 656.
c.1070 SMENDES ascends.  Son? of Herihor, governor of Tanis, forms a separate kingdom in the delta, becomes 1st pharaoh of 21st Dyn until 1043. 1090 BHoE     1085 CAH 2.2, JIAE, RAI3, Sdl 3-309, WPOT 94, lveg     1077 wikP     1070 CVK, ae, frN, ktut, nar, pic, resh, tig, treg
1069 Clay, Grim, MRDK, Murn, Shaw, phou
c.1070 CAPITAL of Egypt:  MEMPHIS from 1213, moved to TANIS until 1??. 1077 wikNKE
c.1070 21st DYNASTY begins at Tanis until 945. 1085 B76 6-479, CAH 2.2, JIAE, WERE, lveg
1070 CVK, ae, nar, pic, resh, tig, treg
1069 Clay, Grim, MRDK, Shaw, ktut, phou, wikP
c.1070 PIANKH, High Priest of Amun at Thebes from 1074, ends.  Son PINUDJEM-I succeeds until 1054. 1070 Clay, Grim, Murn, ae, nar, pic, resh, scar, tig, treg, wikPi     no date: JIAE
c.1070 SILK, probably from China, appears in an Egyptian tomb. 1070 snslk, wikS, wikSR 1000 TTT