Queen Sitamen, Mother of King Tut? By René O’Deay
Any deep digging at all into Tutankhamen’s life and the many different Egyptologists’ actual findings, various translations and as many different theories and reasonings behind those theories, as well as the ongoing revelations in recent years, yields a realization that discovering the actual truth is a complex problem and possibly impossible.
I have a background in journalism, an avid interest in history both recent and ancient, and a nose for investigative research. One of my final projects at my university was the story of the notorious Jack Slade of the Overland Stage and his beautiful and as controversial wife, Virginia. Digging out the truth of what had happened over 100 years before when the outcome of the Civil War hung in the balance and depended on who controlled the output from the gold mines of Montana, was like a training project for Tut’s story.
Discovering the many wild and contradictory memoirs and news stories about Jack and his Virginia, I realized then I had to sort out propaganda from honest reporting. People always have an agenda when they “tell the story.” I had to pick and choose by trying to figure out what the narrators’ different motives were.
So, to pick my way through all the conflicting theories about Tutankhamen, timelines, and other side information found in other countries as well as continuing to take into account new revelations, as more evidence was discovered, more translations from artifacts were released to the public, seemed like trying to find an impossible way out of a ‘mobius maze.’