Episode 41: The Oasis

Ka-kheper-Re Senuseret II and the Faiyum Oasis

In c.1892 BCE a new king is on the throne. Senuseret II, son of Nub-kau-Re, is a minor king but responsible for a very interesting project.

The king moves his pyramid away from the Dahshur-Saqqara-al-Lisht region, to the oasis of the Faiyum. He inspires a generation of interest in the region by building his pyramid at the community of Lahun.

With innovations in building design, security, a heap of irrigation work and a new labourers’ town all underway at once, it is a time of hustle and bustle in Middle Egypt.

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The king himself (Source: TourEgypt.net).

The pyramid of Senusret II, at Lahun. (Source: DePual University).

The crown of Sat-Hathor-Iunet, daughter of Senusret II (Source: Wikipedia).

The crown, as displayed (Source: TourEgypt.net).

The pectoral of Sat-Hathor-Iunet (Source: Wikipedia).


Wolfram Grajetzki – The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt2006.

Nicolas Grimal – A History of Egypt1994.

Aidan Dodson and Dyan Hilton – The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt2010.