DNA Tests Fail to Confirm Identity of Mummy Claimed to be Pharaoh Queen

Months after Egypt boldly announced that archaeologists had identified a mummy as the most powerful queen of her time.

DNA Tests Fail to Confirm Identity of Mummy Claimed to be Pharaoh Queen
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.Progress is slow. So far, results indicate the linen-wrapped mummy is most likely, but not conclusively, the female pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled for 20 years in the 15th century B.C.

Running its own ancient-DNA lab is a major step forward for Egypt, which for decades has seen foreigners take most of the credit for major discoveries here.

CT scans also showed facial similarities between the mummy and already identified mummies of Hatshepsut's royal relatives, as well as evidence of a skin disease that the queen may have shared with some of them.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Aralık 2007, 13:20
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