Egyptologist in Canada presents theory of two queen rule before Tutankhamun

Researchers have known for more than half a century that a queen had reigned before Tutankhamun, whose intact tomb was discovere
Researchers have known for more than half a century that a queen had reigned before Tutankhamun, whose intact tomb was discovered in 1922, sparking global interest in Egyptology

Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt, came to power only after two of his sisters jointly held the throne, according to an Egyptologist at Canada's Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM).

Researchers have known for more than half a century that a queen had reigned before Tutankhamun, whose intact tomb was discovered in 1922, sparking global interest in Egyptology.

Some thought she was Nefertiti, the sister and wife of Akhenaten, who proclaimed herself "king" following his death. Others believed it to be the eldest daughter Princess Meritaten.

UQAM's Valerie Angenot says she has now conducted an analysis based on the study of symbols which revealed that two daughters of Akhenaten seized power at his death while their brother Tutankhamun, aged four or five at the time, was too young to rule.

Akhenaten had six before having his son later on, who had a frail constitution and was plagued by illness throughout his life.

Akhenaten married Meritaten to prepare her to one day rule, but some inscriptions also indicate he was grooming another daughter Neferneferuaten Tasherit, for rule.

They jointly ascended to the thrown under a common name, according to Angenot.

Her work was presented at American Research Center in Egypt annual conference in Alexandria, Virginia, where she said it was well received.

"Egyptology is a very conservative discipline, but my idea was surprisingly well received, except for two colleagues who fiercely opposed it," she said, adding she hoped it could advance knowledge on succession issues in Ancient Egypt and of the Amarna Period.


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Apr 27, 2019
Fine, everyone's entitled to a theory, and certainly a professor rated by students as the "hottest" of all time :-), but the theory needs to explain who Smenkare might have been and what happened to him/her?

Apr 27, 2019
https://en.wikipe...enkhkare

To date, very little reliable information has been confirmed about the pharaoh Smenkare.

Frankly annoyingmousie, I get the distinct impression, you are disgruntled that UQAM's Egyptologist Angenot is an accomplished academic.
Smarter than you.

Whose hard work advances our sparse & unreliable body of knowledge of the Amarna Period.

If you have any verified data that contradicts Angenot's conclusions?

Please post links.

Apr 28, 2019
I want to see more. This article is far too brief for anyone to believe such a claim to legitimize the work of this person. Publish more information.

Apr 28, 2019
S, have you contacted the UQAM publications for assistance.
Perhaps you feel that there is a lack of research on Amarna Period?
The University's Egyptology Dept would be grateful if you donated a sum appropriate to finance such a major archeology project.

In addition, it would be helpful if you could generously share any personal connections to Egypt's government authorities & their antiquities administrators.

However, you must control your expectations of what facts may remain to be discovered.

The Pharaohnic Dynasties that succeeded the Akhenaten Line?
Were thorough at eradicating evidence for the 18th Dynasty.

For instance, I am of the opinion that Tutankhamun has the distinction of being the first documentable DUI death in history.

Damn fool teenager, a few jugs of barley beer, a light woven chariot, a couple of fast ponies.
Racing madly across the desert by moonlight.
Whooping loudly (cause, wouldn't you?).

But, I have no way to prove my conjecture...

Apr 28, 2019
Shame about the poor standard of writing in this piece. Especially glaring is the split infinitive, "to one day rule". Possibly English is not the author's first language.

Apr 28, 2019
"They jointly ascended to the thrown..."?

Apr 29, 2019
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smenkhkare

To date, very little reliable information has been confirmed about the pharaoh Smenkare.

Frankly annoyingmousie, I get the distinct impression, you are disgruntled that UQAM's Egyptologist Angenot is an accomplished academic.
Smarter than you.


No doubt she is smarter than I am. Pretty low bar. But that doesn't answer my question. Under her scenario, what happened to Smenkare?

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