Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Huh? Hatshepsut mummy found

The true mummy of ancient Egyptian queen Hatshepsut was discovered in the third floor of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Secretary General of Supreme Council for Antiquities Zahi Hawwas revealed on Thursday.

The mummy was missing among thousands of artifacts lying in the museum, he said during his lecture at the New York-based Metropolitan Museum of Arts.

He said for decades archaeologists believed that a mummy found in Luxor was that of the Egyptian queen. It was a streak of luck, he said, to find this mummy.

The Metropolitan is hosting a Hatshepsut exhibition that displays 270 artifacts on the life history of the queen.

The American museum honoured Hawwas and his accompanying delegation in appreciation of their effort to unravel the mysteries of the Egyptian Pharaohnic age.

Andie posted this as well and hasn't found anything else on it either. There has been some speculation that an ummarked mummy found in KV-60, an uninscribed, poorly constructed tomb, was that of Hatchepsut. I did some work on this tomb with Don Ryan and he speculated on the identity of this mummy as H., following someone else whose name escapes me at the moment (email Don and have him tell you the story! He'll hate me for it. . .). Don has two pics of KV-60:

The entrance to the tomb:

And the mummy as found:

So, this should be interesting. (And happy blog-birthday, Andie!)