In fact, the entire reign of Sanakht is something of a mystery. Depictions of the pharaoh have been identified at the archeological site of Wadi Maghareh in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, suggesting important connections with that place. The acquisition of mineral wealth, especially turquoise, was probably one of his chief concerns.
Meanwhile, even Sanakht’s burial site is disputed. In 1901 scientists identified a tomb near the site of Beit Khallaf which contained an abnormal skeleton. Many researchers think it is Sanakht. However, others believe that the tomb belonged to some other person of importance – a prince, queen or high official.