The mummified remains of Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s most famous female pharaoh, are considered the most important find since the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb.

Hatshepsut, who ruled for 21 years from 1479 to 1458 BC, was one of the most powerful female monarchs of the ancient world, who declared herself pharaoh after the death of her husband-brother Tuthmosis II.

Egyptologists think they have identified with certainty the mummy of Hatshepsut, found in a humble tomb in the Valley of the Kings, an archaeologist said on Monday. Several egyptologists have speculated over the years that one of the mummies was that of the queen, who ruled at the height of ancient Egypt’s power. (Nasser Nuri/Reuters)

At left, the mummified remains lie in a glass case under the national flag moments before being unveiled at the Cairo Museum June 27, 2007. (Khaled Desouki, AFP/Getty Images) – ABC News


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