Saturday, June 30, 2007

Hatshepsut on the radio and tv

Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo, is interviewed by telephone in this radio recording (preceded by an advert). It is not always easy to hear what Hawass is saying, due to a rather fuzzy line.

In what is being called the most important find in Egypt's Valley of the Kings since the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb, Discovery Channel's Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen exclusively reveals archaeological, forensic and scientific evidence identifying a 3,000-year-old mummy as Hatshepsut, Egypt's greatest female Pharaoh. . . . The film follows a team of top forensic experts and archaeologists led by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egypt's secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, as they use the full range of forensic technology to identify Hatshepsut.

The investigative journey of Dr. Hawass and his team led them through the massive crypts beneath Egypt and into the depths of the Cairo Museum. Using knowledge of royal Egyptian mummification and clues from two known tombs linked to Hatshepsut, the team narrowed their search for Hatshepsut to just four mummies from thousands of unidentified corpses. Computed tomography (CT) scans allowed the scientists to link distinct physical traits of the Hatshepsut mummy to that of her ancestors.

If you are living in the U.S. a schedule for the show is displayed on the site. It is anyone's guess when it will come to other countries.

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