Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Oueen of the mummies : Hatshepsut

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Egypt announced today the discovery of the long-lost mummy of Queen Hatshepsut, its most famous female pharaoh, billed as the most important find since the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb.

Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told a packed news conference in Cairo that one of two mummies found in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor about a century ago had been identified as Hatshepsut.

Hatshepsut, who ruled for 21 years from 1479 to 1458 BC, was one of the most powerful female monarchs of the ancient world, who declared herself pharaoh after the death of her husband-brother Tuthmosis II.

The fabled queen, known for sporting a false beard, was identified thanks to a broken tooth, following scientific examinations of four mummies from the New Empire, the antiquities department said.

The US-based Discovery Channel had quoted Hawass before today's news conference describing the mummy as "the most important find in Egypt's Valley of the Kings since the discovery of Tutankhamun" in 1922.

Source : News

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