By Jacqueline Engel
Meretneith may have been the first ruling queen in Egyptian history.
Her name means ‘Beloved of (the goddess) Neith’ and is written with a hieroglyph depicting crossed arrows, the emblem of the goddess Neith, and the hoe-sign, meaning ‘beloved of..
When Meretneith’s tomb was built in the middle of the 1st Dynasty, the cemetery of Umm el-Qaab at Abydos had already been in use for over 1000 years.
By marking the tomb with a monumental stela, Meretneith was following well- established traditions.
1st Dynasty (King Djet, about 2880-2873 BC. Abydos (Umm l-Qaab limestone, JE 34550
Egyptian Museum Caïro