It has been observed that early humans migrated out of Africa approximately 60,000 years ago through Egypt, shows a present day study of genomes of north-east Africans.
The archeological site of Sedeinga in Sudan has the ruins of Egyptian temple of Queen Tiye. She was royal wife of Amenhotep III. This archeological site stretches more than 25 hectares and has the remains of hundred of tombs and about eighty brick pyramids. Many sepulchers have been unearthed that date back to the kingdoms of Napata and Meroe. It is through these artifacts that one can see a wonderful amalgamation of African designs with that of Egypt.
Pieces of decorated sandstones, lintels and steles depict the magnificence of Meroitic art associated with funerary. Pigments of blue color were discovered, and a lintel depicting Egyptian goddess of order, equity and peace known as ‘Maat’ was depicted with characteristics of an African woman.
An excavation in the late 2017 unearthed a stele named Lady Maliwarase, who was sister of two grand priest of Amon. Yet another lintel depicted name of Lady Adatalabe, who was of a prestigious lineage and belonged to the reigning family of Meroe.
These artifacts also depict the position the women held in those cultures. The Meroitic society had women who embodied the pride and prestige of their family and passed on the heritage of the family.
These wonderful discoveries enhance our knowledge and understanding of the Meroitic civilization which flourished and was an excellent intermingling of African and Egyptian culture.
By: Madhuchanda Saxena