Thursday, June 28, 2007

Mummy of Queen Hatshepsut Identified

The mummy of ancient Egypt's most powerful female pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut, has been identified. The mummy has lain in the tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor where it was originally found in 1903. It was on the ground next to the sarcophagus of another female mummy, which later turned out to be that of the queen's wet nurse.

A few months ago, the unidentified mummy was brought to the basement of the Egyptian museum in Cairo for DNA testing. It was then that the mummy's DNA was matched with that of a tooth which was found in a relic box with Queen Hatshepsut's insignia. The tooth also fit perfectly in a gap in the mummy's jaw. The DNA also showed similarities with another mummy's previously identified as Hatshepsut's grandmother.

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