The architect of both buildings was the same, and some researchers speculated that the former pyramid was his journeyman*s and the latter one his master piece. But officially the story goes vice verse.
When Sechemchet*s pyramid was opened in the 1950s they found animal bones, papyri, and stone vessels. In a decayed wooden casket gold was discovered which included feminine gold bracelets, cosmetic cases, beads, and jars inscribed with Sekhemkhet*s name.
On the 31st of May 1954, an unfinished and undecorated burial chamber was discovered. Inside it, lay an exceptional alabaster sarcophagus (green) cut from a single block with an unusual vertical lid which seemed to still be sealed. However, on June the 26th 1954, after great difficulties to unblock and raise the lid, the sarcophagus was opened and to everyone’s disappointment, it was empty.
In 1963, the excavation was re-opened by Jean-Philippe Lauer due to the possibility of a south tomb and his desire to find the missing mummy.
Lauer did indeed find a partially destroyed tomb under the southern side that at some point had been looted by robbers. He found a wooden coffin with the remains of an unidentified two-year-old girl and gold leaf fragments.
Over all the millennia a possible female identity of Shechemchet was covered, and I still doubt her identification as Djoser (Teti).
What had happened there, and what led to the interruption of the building and its hastingly covering and sealing with soil and rock material? Why that basket with the girl?
In some vision I saw a Queen, maybe age 20 or younger/older, of what primary sex soever who morphed into that girl, and finally died age two or three.
In many ancient cultures and autochthon ethnicities children who died at young age were not seen as complete human beings and were not buried formally. This could explain why the corpse of the girl was not found in the sarcophagus but in a basket.
The motif of the basket is well know from many myths and legends, often depicted as some travelling vessel for unwanted children, either in this world or beyond.
The journey of the soul:
I think that Sekhemkhet was the last really powerful Queen for aeons, one who did not derive herself from a male mythology that after her impact covered all the memory and overtexted it.
An inscription on an ivory plate coming from the area of Sekhemkhet*s pyramid contains a name that is variously interpreted by different scholars. N. Swelim believes it is the Nebti name and should be read as Djeseti-ankh. R. Stadelman in turn claims it is a name of queen Djesernebti-ankh while in opinion of W. Helck it is the name of queen Djeseretnebti.
Bity or Bee is Lower Egypt - Sakkara
The Nile Delta
It is interesting to know that the Old Saxon term "sax" derives from the Egyptian "sekh". Not considering possible connections to the "Atlanteans" or the "Sea People" here.
Sekh Khem = the land of plough and fertile soil - Chet/Khet = cat
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