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More discoveries at Djehuty's tomb in Luxor

A wooden 17th Dynasty sarcophagus of a child and collection of 18th Dynasty Ushabti figurines of a priest were found inside Djehuty's tomb in Luxor's west bank. Djehuty was an important official who lived in the reign of Hatshepsut, but died in the reign of Thutmosis III. While work was in progress around Djehuty's tomb, another tomb dating from the beginning of the 18th Dynasty was unearthed. It belongs to a man named Hery who died in the reign of Amenhotep I, and was the supervisor of the Treasury of Queen Iya-Hutep, the mother of Ahmose I.

Toxic substance in Hatshepsut flask

The University of Bonn said that researchers have discovered a carcinogenic substance in a flask of lotion believed to have belonged to Queen Hatshepsut — raising a possibility she may have accidentally poisoned herself. Researchers spent two years researching the dried-out contents of the flask, which is part of its Egyptian Museum's collection and bears an inscription saying it belonged to Hatshepshut.

Hatshepsut bust in Berlin may be forged

An Egyptian bust acquired by a Berlin museum over two decades ago may be a forgery. Scientists at the Technical University of Berlin had discovered the Hatshepsut stone was rich in the minerals magnesite and siderite. No other bust from the Nile region was made of such rock, suggesting that the 16.5-centimetre-high figure might be a modern fake

Egyptian archaeologists uncover ancient statues in Luxor

Egyptian archaeologists uncovered a statue of pharaoh and a bust of pharaoh Hatshepsut in the southern city of Luxor, the state MENA news agency reported.

DNA tests seem to identify Queen Hatshepsut Mummy

Preliminary results from DNA tests carried out on a mummy believed to be Queen Hatshepsut is expected to support the claim by Egyptian authorities that the remains are indeed those of Egypt’s most powerful female ruler. Dr Angelique Corthals, a biomedical Egyptologist at the University of Manchester (UK), says that DNA tests she helped carry out with colleagues at the National Research Centre in Cairo have promising preliminary results suggesting the identity of the queen.

Mummy claim faces scrutiny

Months after Egypt boldly announced that archaeologists had identified a mummy as the most powerful queen of her time, scientists in a museum basement are still analyzing DNA from the bald, 3,500-year-old corpse to try to back up the claim aired on TV.

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