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A project of the American Research Center in Egypt


Ruler/Tomb owner
1185-1182 B.C.

The reign of Setnakht, buried in KV 14, is poorly known. The principal sources about his reign are the Papyrus Harris and the Elephantine Stela. Papyrus Harris describes the time of Sethnakht’s accession as a period of trouble and confusion. Undoubtedly he was exaggerating, but Setnakht claimed to have “driven out the usurper” to the throne and, during a less than three year long reign, to have restored law and order to Egypt. When he died, he was interred in KV 14, the tomb used by Tausert, which Setnakht had enlarged.