King Tut had a space dagger.
An X-ray analysis of Tutankhamun’s
dagger blade revealed not only that
it was made of an iron meteorite, but
that the material actually came from
the Kharga meteorite, which fell to
Egypt thousands of years ago. SourceSource 2Source 3
Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty. She reigned longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. She was the first to discover birth control for women, she was one of the most prolific builders in ancient Egypt
Hatshepsut was a female pharaoh during the New Kingdom in Egypt. Twenty years after her death, somebody smashed her statues, took a chisel and attempted to erase the pharaoh’s name and image from history. But who did it? And why?
Egypt’s Pharaoh Hatshepsut had presided over her kingdom’s most peaceful and prosperous period in generations. Yet 25 years after her death, much of the evidence of her success had been erased or reassigned to her male predecessors.
Even after 20th-century archaeologists began to unearth traces of the woman who defied tradition to crown herself as king, Hatshepsut still didn’t get her due, a UCLA Egyptologist argues in a forthcoming book.
Cooney illuminates the difficult position into which Hatshepsut was born. The lone daughter of one of ancient Egypt’s most successful warrior kings —Thutmose I— she lived in a society in which the crown was passed from father to son and royal children were expected to marry their siblings.
After the deaths of both of her brothers, Hatshepsut married a sickly half-brother, who was crowned Thutmose II when their father died. Despite intense pressure to produce a male heir, she bore just one surviving daughter. So after Thutmose II died (when Hatshepsut was about 16), a baby boy born to a member of his harem was selected to succeed him.
“The risk in a succession crisis of this kind was that a strong man — some kind of warlord with political and military backing — could take over, and the dynasty would switch to another family,” Cooney said. “But Hatshepsut was smart, skilled and strategic enough to support a baby and make sure that baby was educated and prepared to take the throne and continue the success of her dynasty.”
Following a revelation in which Amen picked her to rule, Hatshepsut ended up taking over as regent — and never stepped aside.