- Mar 2019
- Ogden, Utah
Since proof that there was not a co-regency is impossible, it looks like that stance must be on an equal footing. Tiye's dark hair and good, moderately worn teeth have since been augmented by CT-scan. That concluded 40-50 years old at death. Tiye is attested as queen as far back as Year 2 on a scarab of Amenhotep III. Therefore, she is married to him for at least 37 years. Then, let's say the lady lived for 12 more years without a co-regency. That would be 49 years accounted for historically in her life, right there. But, of course, the lady was not married the day she was born, so one has to add x number of years to get an approximate age-at-death. If you wait until puberty for the marriage, that must be a very minimum of 11 years old. That comes to 60 years old, a decade beyond the range found by CT. Everybody who has studied Egyptian mummies, royal or not, knows that the way the bread the people ate was ground played havoc with the tooth enamel over time. That's why, long before tomography, the ages of the mummies when they died was judged by the wear evidenced on their teeth. Young people, obviously, had little to no wear--like the KV55 individual, who had only mild tooth attrition. Queen Tiye had moderate wear, which must mean she was probably younger than 60 when she died. Page 79 of "Scanning the Pharaohs" has the radiological view of her dentition and her teeth are splendid, all there except a couple of the wisdom variety.The reason I stopped believing in a co-regency of any duration, and that was only about 18 months or so ago, was not the result of any specific information from any specific sources to say there was no co-regency, but the gradual realization that the evidence for a co-regency was not real evidence at all, only circumstantial at best, with some areas of "problematica", and I'll put Tiye's hair and teeth into that box to join the supposed dinosaur footprints found in Permian sediments.
In order to lower the age of Queen Tiye by a decade in order to fit to the window of 40-50, a co-regency is mandated. There is real science involved and cannot be dismissed by you with a flippant "dinosaur footprints" analogy. The mummies of two elderly persons of the family exist for comparison--Yuya and Thuya. Their teeth are just plain bad. Even Amenhotep III, who was probably not so old when he died, had bad teeth, but he was genetically disposed to tartar deposits, which is a factor. So, with an eight-year co-regency and an even younger marriage age than eleven [entirely possible as Tiye was the preferred bride due to family connections] we can reach a more reasonable age for this mummy, taking all factors into consideration--which is no more than 50 years of age at death.
That the KV55 individual could evidence so little wear on his teeth and still be over 40 is unlikely, too. But I believe the radiologists in Cairo were swayed by his terribly arthritic hip, which normally does not begin in youth. and decided he can have been 35-45 at death They forgot, perhaps, that the same hip problem can result from an injury in much younger people. Professor Smith, before 1912, told Arthur Weigall that he thought the man had died around the age of 30. So 30-35 is probably nearer to the truth, judging from the teeth alone.