Mar
18
2009

Girl's rule: Hatshepsut was a female face of an Egyptian pharaoh

Rule like an Egyptian: This statue of Hatshepsut can be seen as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She posed as a man to rule as an Egyptian pharaoh from  1479-1458 B.C.
Rule like an Egyptian: This statue of Hatshepsut can be seen as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She posed as a man to rule as an Egyptian pharaoh from 1479-1458 B.C.Courtesy User:Postdlf
There were a lot of women trying to break the political glass ceiling last year. Think Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin. And while their efforts were noteworthy, they were far behind the curve when it came to female leadership of a great nation.

April's National Geographic has a huge profile on Hatshepsut, the female ruler of Egypt from 1479 to 1458 B.C. who actually took on the appearance of a man to be able to lead the nation. That story is amazing enough, but the National Geographic piece goes on to tell about all the modern science that was used on a random, anonymous mummy to pin-point that it was the remains of this famous Egyptian leader.

It's a great summary of a project I've been a part of in the past year. We've been creating an exhibit called "Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science." It will open Memorial Day time at COSI – a museum in Columbus, Ohio – and eventually travel here to SMM sometime on its six-year tour. A good portion of that exhibit will focus on how researchers can use modern technology – CT scanning and rapid prototyping to name two – to gather information on mummies without ever unwrapping them or doing physical damage to them.

If you're like a lot of people, you'll find ancient Egypt fascinating and want to check out this story on Hatshepsut or the Lost Egypt exhibit. Why do you think ancient Egyptian culture is so cool? Or what do you think of Hatshepsut's unique story? Share your thoughts here with other Buzz readers.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

Here's another somewhat related story about the remains of Cleopatra's younger sister, Arsinoe IV, showing evidence of having an African mother. Cleopatra VII ruled Egypt from 51 BC until her death in 30 BC.

posted on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 10:45am
C-Dizzle's picture
C-Dizzle says:

Girls Rule! Boys Drule...Yeah I said it...what cha gonna do about it?

posted on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 4:38pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

That's not how "drool" is spelled.

posted on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 5:26pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

That might be the Egyptian variant.

posted on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 8:48am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

No, this is the Egyptian variant: Translation: "drool".
Translation: "drool".Courtesy Public Domain

posted on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 9:08am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

I thought it would look wetter than that.

posted on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 9:16am
KatieV's picture
KatieV says:

i really liked this post about Hatshepsut. i really learned a lot!! thanks minnesota science museum!

posted on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 4:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I thought she was an actual person, not a face.

posted on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 7:45pm

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