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Quest for the Lost Pharaoh
By Heidi A Hydensenn
Wednesday, January 07, 2009

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First account of Grandpapa Johann and his quest for Akhenaten.

On Christmas Day, 1871, the 16 year old set out to find the lost remains of Akhenaten as well. Hydensenn met a beautiful girl while in Luxor, her name was Adelline, she was a budding archiologist as well. They fell passionately in love and were married later that same year. Hydesenn and Adelline traveled all over Egypt finding clues to Professor Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie's claim to having found Akhenaten already. Hydensenn was certain he would find Akhenaten or at least one of his wives or children.

Hydensenn learned that Petrie did not find Akhenaten as yet, and truth was, he was still searching for the lost Pharaoh himself. Adelline bore Hydensenn their first child on September 21st, 1872, a son they named Mercy Anton, the boy was the apple of his fathers eye because he was the product of the love of his life. Hydensenn made many great discoveries, including what he (and many others), believe to have been the tomb of Akhenaten's step brother, Setenre. He found the lost town of Myakka, a very small settlement not occupied since before Akhenaten founded Akhetaten. He found an entire cemetery of childrens mummies. The burial realm of Akhenaten's children? Perhaps.....

Adelline was the one who found the missing tomb containing the mummified remains of the Prince, Neferuaten, who sufficated in a clay pot used for boiling water at the age of 13 years. He was Akhenaten's second child and second son, neither he nor Ankhure were born of Nefertiti. When Sir Clive Wendell argued that Myakka could not contain Akhenaten's children, Hydensenn argued in retaliation that, "Of course it could. Because no living thing still existsed there, these children of the Pharaoh are dead, erego, perfect candidates for Myakka."

This prompted Hydensenn to try even harder to prove the theory he supported that he had found Akhenaten's private cemetery for his children who died before him. He returned to Amarna and found many fine artifacts including a ceremonial sword used by Akhenaten in special religious ceremonies. There was one fine artifact that he kept in his home and had a replica of it made and displayed on his door.

(object of Hydensenn's obssession? This image is on the front door to his home)

The depiction of Akhenaten in this image did not follow the usually misshapen images famous of the Amarna period. Could it be that the Amarna pictures were of some other meaning? Hydensenn believed so, and set out to prove this.....

The depiction Hydensenn found shows a very handsome pharaoh not the ugly duckling of the images of Amarna, so if this is not Akhenaten wearing a Pharonic nemes, then who is it? Sir Daniel McAlasadaire confirmed it was indeed Akhenaten, so what of the misshapen images of him? What did they mean? Who were they? McAlasdaire confirmed these were also Akhenaten, but he gave as a reason this. "The wall drawings found in Tell-El-Amarna depict a man of unusual stature. He [Akhenaten], wished to highly distinguish himself from other as he was sorely rejected by his own family. Not wishing to assosiate with those who rejected him, he chose a completely different [icture of himself and those he loved. Above average and above those who counted him as anything but devine in his ruling state." McAlasdaire wrote in his letter to Hydensenn.

Hydensenn then set his sights on the town of Luxor, then called Theibes int he days of Akhenaten where the renegade pharaoh was born in the year 1369 B.C. to Amenhotep III, a father who already had four daughters and an elder son by his chief wife Queen Tieye, Prince Tutmose, was Amenhotep III's first borna nd therefore the most important child in his ideals. Then came Princess Hestanka, Princess Ankhunara, Princess Bastena and Princess Ptrena. Last was Amenophis IV and he became sorely neglected by everyone except a wet nurse and a kindly servant of his fathers court.

Amenophis was quick to understand that his family did not love or want him, and the child became reclusive and somewhat embittered. When in the year 1356 B.C. Prince Tutmose died of a lung infection, Queen Tieye insisted Amenhotep make Amenophis the co-regent. This was done and 13 year old Amneophis was now partially in charge of the mighty Egyptian Empire. Amenophis was a very good ruler as his father was more interested in womanizing and getting intoxicated. Still, Ameophis remembered to give praises and credit to his father.

After Amenhotep died in 1353 B.C. it was 16 year old Amenophis who took the throne of Egypt. He married the beautiful Nefertiti and remained in Theibes for only 5 years before he headed out to virgin land dominated by no gods whatsoever. He located a region half way between Theibes in the south and Cairo in the north, he founded a township on the banks of the Nile he called Akhetaten, {Horizon of the sun-disk}, he dedicated his city to his own personal god, the Aten or sun-disk, and not long after this, he denounced all the other gods in Egypt, becoming the very first recorded example of monotheism ever.

In his time the priests were horrified and condemned Akhenaten as a criminal and a heretic. Especially when they learned that he was placing himself on the level as son of the Sun-God erego making himself immortally devine as well. In a sense, making himself a living god. This was hereacy.

It is said the priests of his temples planned to kill him and re-instate Amun and the many other gods and therefore regain the favors of the wronged gods of Egypt. The plan may have in fact worked,for it is known that in the 17th yearof his reign, Akhenaten died at the age of 33 years, succeeded by Smenkare, a rogue psydonym for Nefertiti for championed her husbands ideals and remained true to the cult of the Aten.

Smenkare was eventually assassinated also for continuing the heretic beliefs of Akhenaten, when he read of the intreaguing deeds of the Rebel Pharaoh, Hydensenn pronounced him a hero and decided to dedicate his life to finding the enigmatic pharoah. Adelline was instrumental in finding the remains of a temple on which they found a small sarcofagus, inside they found a body wrapped in gold leaf, it appeared to be a young child. A child of the Rebel Pharaoh? There is speculation that this body might be Akhenaten's priest son, Re-Akhet, which is unlikely as Re-Akhet presumablly died at age 21, not 11.

When this little mummy was brought back to Luxor and unwrapped a startling discovery was made, the mummy had only one and a half legs. What had happened to the other one?

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