Archaeologists identify Egyptian queen

June 28, 2007 at 6:14 AM
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CAIRO, June 27 (UPI) -- Archaeologists in Egypt say they've solved the mystery of the lost mummy of Hatshepsut, an Egyptian queen who reigned in the 15th century B.C.

Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo, told The New York Times that a well-preserved mummy found in 1903 in the Valley of the Kings was positively identified as Hatshepsut after a CT scan of a wooden box associated with the queen revealed a tooth that fits into the jaw socket and broken root of the mummy.

Other Egyptologists not said they would reserve judgment until they had studied the results of the DNA analysis, the newspaper said Wednesday.

The Times said the search for Hatshepsut's mummy will be featured in a television program, "Secrets of the Lost Queen of Egypt," scheduled for July 15 on the Discovery Channel.

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