Sunday, March 26, 2006

Mummy of Hatshepsut found

http://tinyurl.com/kzv6p (Egypt State Information Service)
"The true mummy of ancient Egyptian queen Hatshepsut was discovered in the third floor of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Secretary General of Supreme Council for Antiquities Zahi Hawwas revealed on Thursday. The mummy was missing among thousands of artifacts lying in the museum, he said during his lecture at the New York-based Metropolitan Museum of Arts.
He said for decades archaeologists believed that a mummy found in Luxor was that of the Egyptian queen. It was a streak of luck, he said, to find this mummy."

9 comments:

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AKE said...

It's very speculative, and
there is no real evidence
for it.
Dr Hawass thinks that the
mummy that was found in
KV 60 and that was taken
to the Cairo Museum is
Hatshepsut -- most scholars
think it is her wetnurse
Sitre.
Time will tell.

Aayko

Anonymous said...

Two questions. Since the controversy is that the wet-nurse was buried with the queen in KV60, and that the proportions of the supposed queen is out of the norm, could it be that they prepared the wet-nurses’ body as a royal to disguise her identity? Didn’t the succeeding king want to destroy her legacy? Also, can’t DNA testing be performed for the known family to narrow to possibilities? All in all, this is good news.

Anonymous said...

It is obvious that the mummy in question is Hatshepsut. Archeologists found her tooth which fit perfectly into a gap in her jaw. DNA has also been tested with Hatshepsut's known grandmother. I also believe that the nurse was used as a decoy to keep Hatshepsut's mummy from being harmed, as I'm sure many wanted to do. This find is very exciting!

dragonchild said...

I don't know if DNA was used for sure, however, the tooth is very compelling evidence in and of itself. I hope this truly is one of the greatest stand-alone female pharaoh's body. This would show that Egypt still has a few secrets, and that it isn't a dry field as people would believe

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