Hatshepsut the Queen who would be Pharaoh
Professor H. Stansbury
Born into greatness, daughter of a king. Yet for all she had done so much of her life is still so unknown to us. How could this absolute ruler be all but erased from the annals of time? Was her Step son/nephew Thutmose III to blame? Did he have her killed after watching her usurp his thrown for over 20 years (Sayer, 2012)? Did he chose to further avenge himself by completely destroying any hope that she would enter the afterlife?
Hatshepsut’s legacy remained a mystery until 1904 when one of three sarcophagi she had made was discovered empty by Howard Carter in the 20th Tomb in The valley of the ...view middle of the document...
Hatshepsut took this opportunity to for the first time in her life to live as she wanted, and with all the trappings due her as the child of the king. I think that she saw herself as rightful ruler. But she also knew that first and foremost her gender would not allow it. In one of the few quotes remaining on one of her obelisks shows us her uncertainty as how her life will be seen through the ages. This transformation reflected in the monuments truly reflects who she felt she was and a hurtful somber knowledge that she will never be truly accepted. “Now my heart turns this way and that, as I think what the people will say. Those who see my monuments in years to come, and who shall speak of what I have done. (Brown, C. 2009)” This is a tender voice speaking of insecurities, real fear left bare to echo through the ages. Then she was gone. Her tombs left empty, a mass campaign began to make sure that her insulting existence would be forgotten.
Until Mid 2007. The then Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Professor Zahi Hawass made a break through discovery by chance while filming a special on Hatshepsut for the Discovery Channel. During this time a thought dawned of Professor Hawass. A box was found marked with the Queens name containing an embalmed organ and one tooth. Professor Zawass had the vision to see if any of the suspected, yet unidentified mummies found by KV20 may be our queen. Tomb 60 in the Valley of the Kings (KV60) contained 2 female mummies one being Sitre-In, Wet nurse to the Queen herself. After DNA testing was done the mummy that was laying in obscurity only known as KV60-A was a match. The queen was found!
“Our examination of the mummy revealed that the queen had died at between the ages of 45 and 60. She was obese, and suffered from a variety of painful medical conditions. Her bones were weakened by osteoporosis, and her joints showed signs of arthritis. Her teeth and jaws were in terrible condition, which along with her weight may indicate that she was diabetic. We saw evidence of a tumor in her pelvic region, which had begun to metastasize and to erode her left iliac bone. Although she had died in very poor health, however, there was no sign at all that she had been murdered. We must conclude that Thutmose III was not in fact responsible for his stepmother's death, and that he was able to assume the throne peacefully after her passing (Hawass, 2007)”
Professor Hawass’s discovery makes me feel that Hatshepsut was placed there intentionally, but not as a punishment. She was laid to rest with someone who loved her deeply and cared for her as a child. I theorize that Thutmose III loved his step mother, and wanted to protect her from any backlash. Politically it would be wise to erase her to...