The knowledge of king Narmer emerged in 1895 when his famous palette was found in Hierakon- polis (see main text below). His name can be inter- preted as "the biting catfish" written by a catfish and a chisel. His queen was Neit-Hotep whose big mastaba-tomb was found in Nagada. It contained sealings with the name of King Aha as well, indi- cating that he was their son who took care of the funeral. Narmer's name and depiction appears in several finds such as tablets and ceremonial weapons. He was buried at the royal cemetery in Abydos in a modest tomb just where his presumed son Aha later should build three big square burial chambers just beside. Remarkably he does not exist (at least as Narmer) in later lists over Egyptian kings. Left: close-up detail from his green slate palette (back side) where he is wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt.
According to a legend he died at the rescectable age of 63 when he was attack by wild dogs and crocodiles in the Faiyum.