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Hapshepsut Mummy

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In Cairo, Egypt's top official for antiquities announced intriguing new details to identify the once lost mummy of Hatshepsut, one of Egypt's great queens. The clue: a tooth found among the queen's belongings. Zahi Hawass says the tooth matches a gap in the mouth of a mummy, believed to be royal, found in a tomb known as KV60. It is identified with the person. And therefore that tooth exactly fit with the mummy we found in KV60. This lady was fat. She died at the age of 50. She had diabetes. And she died because of cancer. While Zahi Hawass believes the indification is virtually certain, DNA testing is needed to prove the identity conclusively. Hatshepsut was one of the most famous female figures of ancient Egypt. Her husband, the famous Thutmose , was also her half-brother. When he died Hatshepsut ruled Egypt on behalf of her stepson, Thutmose Ⅲ. Until her reign, only a handful fo women had ruled Egypt, but none had attained the status of Pharaoh. Hatshepsut slowly took on the regalia and symbols of the Pharaoh. But this masculine office required a radical image change. She began to be depicted in male form, wearing a traditional kilt, head cloth, and even a false beard. As the clearly dominant co-ruler of Egypt, Hatshepsut's reign has been characterized as peaceful. She defended Egypt's borders, initiated a lucrative trade expedition to the land of Punt, and remodeled the great temple complex of Karnak. Her greatest achivement was perhaps the spawling Deir el Bahari, a funerary monument in her own memory, dedicated to the son god, Amon-Re. In the wake of her death, Hatshepsut's legacy was concealed as subsequent rulers demolished statues and tried to erase her from the historical records. And while egyptologists of the modern era have been able to piece her story together, the most tangible asset-her mummy- was missing. Now the discovery of her mummy has provided the final piece in bringing this oharaoh's legacy back to light.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 38 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: National Geographic
Director: National Geographic
Views: 116
Posted by: greenbo on Apr 24, 2010

An exciting new find in Egypt: the mummy of a famous queen!

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