|Karlak II (actually Menes)|
The great pharaohs are easy to remember with their pyramids marking where they were laid to rest in the Egyptian desert. But before the pharaohs there was one great man who united the two kingdoms of Egypt, paving the way for those great rulers we remember today.
His name was Karlak II, the first true king of Egypt, who united the Upper and Lower Kingdoms into one nation through military conquest, like a precursor to Alexander or Caesar. For the last fifty years the name of Karlak II was known from engravings found in the famous Valley of the Kings. There was even a statue found twenty years ago believed to be of the man himself. But there were many who still thought of him as a mythological figure, an invention or perhaps a composite like King Arthur.
That was until the ancient king's burial chamber was finally located by Dr. Dan Dreyfus and a team from the Plaine Museum of Natural History in Rampart City. "It was mostly a stroke of luck," Dr. Dreyfus said of the discovery. "We just dug in the right spot."
The entrance to the tomb was located approximately eighteen months ago. It took Dreyfus and his team months to carefully excavate around the area to make sure they didn't damage the tomb. Many more months were required in order to find the burial chamber itself.
"It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen," Dr. Dreyfus said. "The sarcophagus was in the center of the room, looking completely undisturbed even after nearly four thousand years."
Dreyfus and his team opened the tomb to find the ancient king's body. Unlike the later pharaohs, Karlak II was not mummified. Despite that, the bones were still in good condition. After a few more weeks of careful excavation, the sarcophagus and body were taken to the National Museum of Cairo for a slate of tests to verify the body did indeed belong to Karlak II.
"Of course we don't have any of Karlak's DNA to compare it to, but the bones definitely come from the same time period as the sarcophagus, which leads us to believe it is really him in there," Dreyfus said.
Now the people of the world can get a look at Karlak II, the first king of Egypt. The first stop of Karlak's world tour is the Plaine Museum in Rampart City. After six months on display there, he will make stops in Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles before heading back across the ocean to London, Paris, and finally back to Cairo, where he will remain on permanent display. Don't miss this chance to witness a piece of history!
For ticket information, call the Plaine Museum of Natural History at (212) 555-1234.
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