Djer - Dynasty 1: Second King of the First Dynasty Horus Djer (Manetho's Athothis) or Itit (his nomen) is said to have reigned for 57 years. Son of Aha and Hent (or Khenthap), built a palace at Memphis.
Djer - Dynasty 1
Djer - Dynasty 1

Pharaoh: Djer
Date: 3050 - 2890BC
Dynasty: 1

Notable Events:
Second King of the First Dynasty Horus Djer (Manetho's Athothis) or Itit (his nomen) is said to have reigned for 57 years. Son of Aha and Hent (or Khenthap), built a palace at Memphis; whose wife was Queen Herneith. There are also indications of a possible military campaign against a country named Setjet, probably Palestine or Sinai.

Evidence comes from ivory and wood labels from Saqqara and Abydos. Around his tomb at Abydos (Tomb O) were over 300 satellite burials of retainers who had gone to the grave at the same time as the king.

Attestations:

  • Tomb O and funerary enclosure in Abydos (the tomb and funerary complex of the king)
  • Seal impressions from the tomb 2185 in Saqqara
  • Seal impressions from the tomb 3471 in Saqqara
  • Inscription from the tomb 3035 in Saqqara. The tomb belongs to the official Hemaka, who served under Den.
  • Inscription from the tomb 3503 in Saqqara
  • Inscription from the tomb 3506 in Saqqara
  • Seal impression and inscriptions from Helwan
  • Jar from Turah with the name of the king

Objects in the Petrie Museum:

  • UC 16182 ivory tablet from Abydos, subsidiary tomb 612 of the enclosure of Djer
  • UC 16172 copper adze with the name of king Djer

Frank H McClung Museum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • Clay Jar Sealing: Measures 12.5 cm long x 9 cm wide x 5.5 cm high, and bears in relief the name of King Djer, or Zer-Ta

[Image: Stela of King Djer from Abydos, Egyptian Museum Cairo. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5]

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