The Story of Princess Scota – Princess Meritaten: The African Roots of Ireland

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The Story of Princess Scota – Princess Meritaten

In 1955, archaeologist Dr. Sean O’Riordan of Trinity College, Dublin, made an interesting discovery during an excavation of the Mound of Hostages at Tara, site of ancient kingship of Ireland. Bronze Age skeletal remains were found of what has been argued to be a young prince, still wearing a rare necklace of faience beads, made from a paste of minerals and plant extracts that had been fired.

The skeleton was carbon dated to around 1350 BC. In 1956, J. F. Stone and L. C. Thomas reported that the faience beads were Egyptian: “In fact, when they were compared with Egyptian faience beads, they were found to be not only of identical manufacture but also of matching design.

The famous boy-king Tutankhamun was entombed around the same time as the Tara skeleton and the priceless golden collar around his mummy’s neck was inlayed with matching conical, blue-green faience beads”. An almost identical necklace was found in a Bronze Age burial mound at north Molton, Devon.

Lorraine Evans in her compelling book, Kingdom of the Ark, reveals archaeological connections between Egypt and Ireland. Evans argues that the connections between the two distant lands were plausible and there is archaeological evidence to support the theory.

In 1937 in North Ferriby, Yorkshire, the remains of an ancient boat were discovered. While thought to be a Viking longship at first, continued excavation produced additional ships, wrecked in a storm.

Further investigation showed that the boats were much older than Viking ships and were of a type found in the Mediterranean. It was concluded that these boats originated from 2000 years before the Viking age and were radiocarbon dated to around 1400 to 1350 BC.

Evans then makes connections to argue that these boats could originate from Egypt, as the timeframe fits the dating of the faience beads.

While investigating the origins of the people of Scotland in the Bower manuscript, the Scotichronicon, she discovers the story of Scota, the Egyptian princess and daughter of a pharaoh who fled from Egypt with her husband Gaythelos with a large following of people who arrive in a fleet of ships. They settled in Scotland for a while amongst the natives, until they were forced to leave and landed in Ireland, where they formed the Scotti, and their kings became the high kings of Ireland. In later centuries, they returned to Scotland, defeating the Picts, and giving Scotland its name.

{The Scotichronicon is a 15th-century chronicle by the Scottish historian Walter Bower. It is a continuation of John of Fordun’s earlier work Chronica Gentis Scotorum. The National Library of Scotland has called it “probably the most important mediaeval account of early Scottish history”, noting that it provides both a strong expression of national identity and a window into the world view of mediaeval commentators.}

Evans then posits the questions: Was the Tara necklace a gift from the Egyptians to a local chieftain after their arrival? Or was the Tara prince actually Egyptian himself? According to Bower’s manuscript, Scota’s descendants were the high kings of Ireland. In her quest to discover the true identity of ‘Scota,’ as it was not an Egyptian name, she finds within Bower’s manuscript that Scota’s father is actually named as being Achencres, a Greek version of an Egyptian name. In the work of Manetho, an Egyptian priest, Evans discovers the translation of the name—the pharaoh Achencres was none other than Akhenaten, who reigned in the correct timeframe of 1350 BC. Evans believes that Scota was Meritaten, eldest daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti.

Princess Meritaten

The third eldest daughter, Ankhesenpaaten, married her half-brother, King Tutankhamun, son of Akhenaten and his secondary wife, Kiya. The controversial religious shift to the god Aten caused conflict with the Amun priesthood, who reasserted their authority after Akhenaten’s reign ended and he disappeared from history. This conflict and the rumored deaths by plague would have been sufficient motivation for the pharaoh’s eldest daughter to accept a foreign prince in marriage, rather than being Tut’s wife as would have been normal protocol, and to flee from the conflicted country.

What happens to Scota and her people? For this, we must return again to the myths of the people inhabiting Ireland at the time, the Tuatha de Danaan, the magical children of the Goddess Danu: “It was they who originally established the site of Tara, in the Boyne river valley, as the ritual inauguration and burial place of the ancient kings of Ireland. They were generally regarded as the gods and goddesses of the Celtic tribes, but it is believed that their true origins date far back into prehistory”.

In the Annals of the Four Masters, dating to 1632-36, Scota’s husband is named Eremon, and it is Eremon and Eber who divide the land of Ireland between them, with Eremon in the north and Eber in the south. What is interesting to me about this version is the similarity between the division of Ireland and the division of Egypt itself. Egypt was divided into Upper and Lower Egypt, unified by a central connecting city, Memphis. If we consider the existing myths of Ireland’s legends, it, too, was divided to have a central site of unity, known as Mide, the omphalos of Ireland. Within Mide is where the Hill of Tara is situated, as a site of the High Kingship, representing the unity of the land and all of its people.

Sadly, it is in the battle for Ireland at Slieve Mish, as recorded in the Lebor Gabala, that Scota meets a tragic end and is killed. After her death in this battle, the war continued on at Tailtinn against the three kings of the Tuatha de Danaan, the husbands of the Goddesses Banba, Fodla, and Eriu: MacCuill, MacCeacht, and MacGreine. The sons of Mil, after prolonged battle, conquered the de Danaans and took the seat of Tara. According to the Bower manuscript, Scota was buried “between Sliab Mis and the sea,” and her grave, Fert Scota, is found in a glen located in Glenscota.

The exact location of Scota’s resting place remains a mystery, much like the particulars of her past, which are slowing being unveiled. As with many myths, a real person lent her persona and identity to the landscape of the land she became a part of, giving Scotland her name, giving the Celts an additional layer to their unique heritage that is unsung and still somewhat new in theory, as the truths of history do their slow unraveling of their yarns.

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12 thoughts on “The Story of Princess Scota – Princess Meritaten: The African Roots of Ireland”

  1. This article was written by me, Heather Elizabeth Adams, and published in 2007 by the ARE, which needs to be credited.

  2. Recent DNA studies have found the very rare blood type of Tutankhamon and many royal members of his family and the royalty of the 18th dynasty has only been found in Britain!
    There have been efforts to connect Tutankhamon with sub-saharan DNA ( black African ) but instead found DNA which matched in Britain and was a European blood type.

    1. Nonsense! Tutu Ankoma is no more European than his grandmother queen Tiye. Some of his descendants migrated to England from a “certain british colony” and that is how their dna ended up there. The ANCIENT EGYPTIANS WERE NEVER WHITE.

    2. Black people were all over the world before the Caucasians left Caucasus mountains, where do you think the name came from, look it up. ?

      1. Dirtz, the black peoples’ civilization found all over the world have been of Dravidian roots, speaking Tamil versions. They were black all right, but their genetic has nothing at all to do with black Africans.

        1. To follow up on the ancient Tamils/Dravidians being quite black but not having African roots, the city of Eden was excavated recently in Aratta, western Turkey. The writing, at least 22,000 years old, is in the Tamil language. Some of the writing may be 44,000 and it is in Tamil as well. The first homo sapiens sapiens might well have been this east Indian species.

          Begs the question: are Africans an early homo sapiens experiment entirely absent the legendary DNA boost the Lemurians got in Eden (to yield homo sapiens sapiens), or are Africans a parallel development in a more southern lab? I think the latter because obviously many clans are now smart enough to farm, which was the stated intent. If you study a bit you’ll understand the need for continued breeding programs. Note that Africans themselves are already several quite dissimilar but similarly-coloured species that shouldn’t even be lumped together purely by colour. Each monarchy has specific shining qualities that they were bred for, and all have ancient knowledge of the genetic manipulations.

          Enlil, Jehovah for example deliberately bred giants and there were more than several kinds. Some were enclaved in the kingdom of Og, entirely protected within Israel, by the shalt not kill bylaw Thoth (not jehovah) handed to Moses. The only book found that has been written by an entirely different species, a real validated Rephaim king, has been translated, probably linguistically safely, by Catholic priests. Buy the e-book, the Lost Book of King Og. Because the Vatican has it you might not get an alternative translation for awhile.

    3. Meritaten’s genetic is not black African at all, and of course the point is that she’s the “elongated skull redhead progenitor of the Gaels”. We’ve all got redhead and green eye genes. I doubt that would show up much in a black African genetic but it breeds true in us. My grandma grew up in a castle in Scotland. You could probably guess it by which are still repaired and in use. I was lucky that some of my genealogy is maintained by the monarchies so we go back to square one and beyond. If your own personal history is in dispute, fellas, start reading; the data is out there.

  3. Perhaps the European blood type found its way to Britain from Egyptian visitors who remained there. Is this scientific proof of the princess Scotia myth?

  4. Legend usually has its basis in actual events that have taken place. At one time, the Trojan war was only thought to be a legend until the actually city was found and there was enough evidence to suggest that a war had destroyed the great city. So too, could this legend of Scota and Meriaten be actual. It will take more research and hard factual archeology to find out if the relationship is fact.

  5. Scota doesn’t represent African roots in Ireland but a return to the old country. The land was occupied and had been for millennia by Fomorians and The Tuatha De Daanan hybrids. We wuz GIANTS; we left those ruined, sometimes megalithic, works all over the world. All of the northern seas are still diked against sea level since at least 1500 BC. Florida and up the east coast too, is rich with dikes, levees , mounds, canals, and all from the same period.

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