Sunday, December 5, 2010

Lost But Now Found: the Body of Queen Hapshepsut


Queen Hatshepsut is known as one of the first, most powerful women in world history. Her reign in Egypt was one of prosperity portraying her great leadership, yet, after her death, her history was nearly erased from Egypt. Records were destroyed, monuments desecrated, and her body was stolen from her tomb. It is believed that such extensive actions were taken to eradicate the information because of the fact that she was a female in a man's position. The body has been missing untill recently when a team of scientists created a scan of her physical features and compared it to thousands of unidentified corpses. After narrowing down multiple times, they came down to two mumies but after comparing a missing tooth, they finally found the missing queen.

4 comments:

Lynnie said...

Interesting! I don't understand why her history was almost erased from Egypt because she was one of the most powerful women in history. Also, why her loyal subjects would ruined records, monuments, and steal her body out of the tomb. I'm glad they found her body.

Taylor said...

It is sad to think that Queen Hapsheput's corpse was mangle so badly because of her position in ruling Egypt. However, it is very interesting that scientists were able to identify her corpse by scanning all of the mummies.

Mason said...

This article is amazing by the fact that the scientists were able to figure out who it was, with so little evidence. It is also amazing that the corpse was stolen from her tomb, and scientists just happened to find it.

Kendall C. said...

Queen Hatshepsut was a great and powerful ruler. It is a shame her body was stolen because she was a woman ruler. It is amazing that technology today is so advanced that they could determine which mummy was Hatshepsut.