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The seventh one (Semerkhet), Manetho's Semempses, appeared as a priestly figure holding a stick at Umm el-Ka'ab and a scepter in the Abydos king-list, while the eighth and last king of the dynasty, using Ka'a (Qa'a) as his Horus-name and occasionally also his personal name, was only slightly, and quite comprehensible, disguised as Kebh in the Abydos list and the Turin Canon.It should be noted that this discussion assumes the list of kings in the 1st Dynasty to include Narmer, Aha, Djer, Djet, Den, Anendjib, Semerkhet and Qa'a, though many current texts list Narmer as belonging to Dynasty 0 prior to unification, so that there would only be seven kings during the 1st Dynasty.) The historic sequence of these four kings was luckily confirmed by two incised stone vases discovered many years later.

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According to his count they were sixteen in number, and since, so far as he could see, the royal names were all of the Horus-name type while none of them corresponded to the names in Manetho and the king-lists, he naturally concluded that his new kings were those 'Followers of Horus' whom the Turin Canon of Kings gives as predecessors of Menes (the first king of the Unified Upper and Lower Egypt) and whom Manetho describes as Demigods of Manes.

Closer study by competent philologists quickly dispelled this error.

It needed but little study to recognize in this object an indisputable link between the late predynastic and the earliest dynastic periods.

Material, design, and subjects of palettes now familiar to the reader, and on the other hand the Horus-name Na'rmer was soon to make its appearance at Umm el-Ka'ab.

In spite of these disadvantages Petrie was able, besides making plans of the tombs, to recover a vast multitude of important objects, including inscribed stone vessels, jar-sealings, ebony and ivory tablets, as well as several superbly carved stele of imposing size.

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