Stories tagged queen

Jun
28
2007

After more than 3,400 years, the body of Queen Hatshepsut has been identified: Photo of the Temple of Hatshepsut by mike nl at Flickr.com
After more than 3,400 years, the body of Queen Hatshepsut has been identified: Photo of the Temple of Hatshepsut by mike nl at Flickr.com

The body of Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt from 1479 to 1458 BC, has been missing for centuries. Her successor and step-son, Thutmose III, wanted to erase all evidence of her reign, and her body was not interred in any of the elaborate graves built for other rulers.

But now her remains have been identified. A relic box marked with the queen’s insignia was found to contain a broken tooth. And a CAT scan done on an unidentified mummy showed that the tooth matched perfectly. Ongoing DNA tests seem to indicate that the mummy is a member of the royal family.

The kicker is that this mummy was found in 1903. But because it was just lying on the ground of a tomb, no one knew who it was, and everyone assumed it was no one important. Which just goes to show -- even for the dead, appearances can be deceiving.