Oldest pharaoh carvings show "beginning of history" in Egypt

12/10/2012 | LiveScience.com

Researchers have dated the oldest-known depictions of a pharaoh -- found in rock carvings not far from the Nile River in southern Egypt -- to between 3200 B.C. and 3100 B.C., according to a study published the journal Antiquity. "It's really the end of prehistory and the beginning of history [in Egypt]," researcher Maria Gatto said of the carvings, which were found in the 1890s but remained in obscurity until it was rediscovered in 2008.

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