Egyptian antiquities experts are poised to announce what is billed as the top archaeological discovery since the 1922 find of Tutankhamun’s tomb – that a mummy housed in the Cairo Museum is actually that of Queen Hatshepsut.
Hatshepsut was a woman ruler who called herself a Pharaoh. She was known for dressing like a man and wearing a false beard.
During her famed 18th Dynasty rule, Hatshepsut wielded more power than Cleopatra or Nefertiti. But when her rule ended, all traces of her mysteriously disappeared, including her mummy.
The mummy in the Cairo Museum was long believed to have been that of Hatshepsut’s wet nurse Sitre-In, but recent X-ray and DNA analysis has convinced Egyptian archaeologists that it is in fact the mummy of the Pharaoh queen.
Culture Minister Farouq Hosni and Egypt’s antiquities chief Zahi Hawass were expected to hold a press conference in the museum today to make the announcement, the state run MENA news agency reported.
The report said details would be disclosed on the research into two of the museum’s female mummies, one of which was Queen Hatshepsut.