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Ancient Egypt: An Exciting New Finding

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The First Female Pharaoh?

I often get into a discussion with folks who think that Queen Hatshepsut was the first female Pharaoh. I can’t blame them because there is so much misinformation on the Internet. And one of the pet falsities is the one about Hatshepsut.
What if I told you that Hatshepsut ruled some 1,500 years after the first known female Pharaoh (they were known as Kings in that time period)? That’s right. A woman by the name of Meryt-Neith (or Merneith or something similar) reigned as regent for approximately 18 years after the death of her husband in the First Dynasty. I wrote about Meryt-Neith in my novel The Dagger of Isis. 
But like in so much of Egyptian history, Egyptologists often have limited information from which to make definitive conclusions. So it is with an archaeological find made a few years ago in the Sinai desert. Carved into some rocks during a turquoise and copper mining operation some 5,000 years ago was the name of Neith-Hotep. Some Egyptologists say that Neith-Hotep was actually the first female Pharaoh, serving as a regent for her young son.
Early Egyptian Queen Revealed in 5,000-Year-Old Hieroglyphs | Live Science
After years of research, visits to Egypt and working with Egyptologists for my novel, The First Pharaoh, I maintained that Neith-Hotep was the wife of King Narmer, the man who united Upper and Lower Egypt into one nation. I have not seen conclusive evidence that she ruled as Pharaoh after Narmer’s death. I do contend in The Dagger of Isis that Meryt-Neith did ascend to the throne. Once again we’re left pondering how those incredible people forged a nation that lasted for some three thousand years!
I’ll keep you posted with any new information that Egyptologists uncover. In the meantime you can check out my First Dynasty trilogy on Amazon (4+ stars). I always welcome comments, questions and discussions on twitter.
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