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Egypt says mummy is Queen Hatshepsut
By KATARINA KRATOVAC, Associated Press Writer Wed Jun 27, 8:52 PM ET
CAIRO, Egypt – A tooth found in a relic box led archaeologists to identify a long-overlooked mummy as that of Egypt’s most powerful female pharoah — possibly the most significant find since King Tutankhamun’s tomb was uncovered in 1922, experts said Wednesday.
The mummy was identified as Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled for 20 years in the 15th century B.C., dressing like a man and wearing a fake beard. A monumental builder, she wielded more power than two other famous ancient Egyptian women, Cleopatra and Nefertiti, who unlike her never took the title of pharaoh.
But when she died, all traces of her mysteriously disappeared, including her mummy.
In 1903, a mummy was found lying on the ground next to the sarcophagus holding the mummy of the queen’s wet nurse in a tomb in the Valley of Kings burial ground in Luxor. For decades, that mummy was left unidentified and remained in the tomb because it was thought to be insignificant.
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