Saturday, June 30, 2007

Queen Hatshepsut: A Big Win for Egyptology 

In between all the news about U.K. terror bombings etc, there was an extraordinary piece of news that was almost completely buried. In what is being called the find of the century, Egyptologists claim to have identified the mummified remains (pic below) of Queen Hatshepsut, fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and possibly the first great female ruler in human history (she preceded Nefertiti and Cleopatra). If proven to be true (more testing to be done), this discovery probably rivals that of Tutankhamun's tomb. Interestingly enough, the mummy was discovered way back in 1903 by Howard Carter himself. Amazing really how the main newspapers seem to have passed up this story completely.

(pic: BBC News)