Re: EGYPT'S FEMALE PHARAOH MUMMY FOUND
Hawas came to Reno to give us a talk and it was really great show. He
played up the idea that he was like Indiana Jones. The number of
people attending was unbelievable and it was front page news. It was
really great publicity for Egypt.
He told us something about a great discovery he was going to announce
soon but said he coud not tell us exactly what it was. This must be
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "The Egyptian Chronicles"
>supremo Zahi Hawass will announce at a media conference in Cairo on
> According to US-based Discovery Channel, Egypt's antiquities
Wednesday "the most important find in Egypt's Valley of the Kings
since the discovery of Tutankhamun" in 1922.
>one of the most important discoveries in Egypt's history could be
> Egyptology discussion boards have been abuzz with the news that the
>explore the possibility they had indeed found Hatshepsut.
> A broken tooth was the latest clue which led archaeologists to
>famous for his discovery of Tutankhamun-- had discovered two
> In 1903, archaeologist Howard Carter -- who went on to become
sarcophogi in a tomb known as KV60 in the Theban necropolis, the
Valley of the Kings in Luxor.
>In and the other of an unknown female.
> One apparently contained the mummy of Hatshepsut's wet nurse Sitre-
>sarcophogi it contained were empty.
> Later in 1920, he found the tomb of Queen Hatshepsut but the two
>said Hawass was able to narrow the search for Hatshepsut down to the
> Discovery Channel, which is to air a documentary about the find,
two mummies discovered by Carter in 1903.
>physical traits of one of the mummies to that of her ancestors.
> He used CT scans to produce detailed 3D images and link distinct
>inscribed with the female pharaoh's name and a scan of the box found
> According to the channel, a box that contained the tooth was
that the tooth "matched within a fraction of a millimeter the space
of the missing molar in the mouth of the mummy."
>Antiquities, declined to comment when contacted by AFP, but Discovery
> Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of
quoted him as confirming the breakthrough.
>finds in the history of Egypt," the channel quoted him as saying.
> "The discovery of the Hatshepsut mummy is one of the most important
>and on the mysterious nature of her death."
> "Our hope is that this mummy will help shed light on this mystery
>ago that the second mummy in the tomb belonged to the Hatshepsut,
> American Egyptologist Elizabeth Thomas had first suggested years
because her hand was resting on her chest, a position reserved for
>testing on the 3,000 year-old mummy to confirm her identity.
> Discovery said a team of archaeologists would now carry out DNA
>ever DNA testing facility located outside the Cairo Museum.
> The tests, funded by the channel, will be carried out at the first-
>archaeology at the American University in Cairo, believe that the
> However some Egyptologists, like Salima Ikram, a professor of
analysis may not necessarily be conclusive.
>rediscovered the tomb in 1989, however said Hawass is doing a "very
> Professor Donald Ryan, of the Pacific Lutheran University, who
good job and the results, whatever they might be, should be
>1484 BC, was one of the most powerful female monarchs of the ancient
> Hatshepsut, daughter of Pharaoh Tuthmosis I who ruled from 1504-
>regent for his son by a concubine, Tuthmosis III.
> After the death of her husband-brother Tuthmosis II, she reigned as
>headdress and a false beard.
> But Hatshepsut soon declared herself as pharaoh, donning royal
>jealous successor Tuthmosis III and her mummy was thought to be lost
> Soon after her death, her monuments and tomb were demolished by her
forever. - AFP