June 27, 2007—Egypt's most famous female pharaoh—known for depictions showing her with a false beard—has been identified, Egyptian archaeologists announced today.
The body of Hatshepsut, who ruled ancient Egypt from 1473 to 1458 B.C., had been feared lost. But a mummy found decades ago in a rough tomb in the Valley of the Kings now appears to be the gender-bending queen.
Experts say that a molar recently found among the queen's embalmed organs exactly matches a space in the mummy's mouth. (Read the full story.)
For Zahi Hawass, Egypt's secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, the tooth is convincing evidence that the mummy is Hatshepsut. DNA testing is still underway and could provide conclusive proof of the mummy's identity.