March 19, 2009--
Dried remains of perfume oil have been revealed by x-rays (pictured) of a 3,500-year-old bottle that belonged to Egyptian queen Hatshepsut, scientists said in March 2009.
The exact type of perfume is still unknown, but Michael Höveler-Müller speculates it could be from flowers, fruits, aromatic woody plants, or incense.
The influential queen enjoyed perfume, even traveling to the ancient trading post of Punt, in modern-day Eritrea
, to buy incense plants and other dazzling goods. (See an illustration of ancient Punt
Upon her return, Hatshepsut cultivated the fragrant plants near her funerary temple, said Höveler-Müller, curator of Bonn University's Egyptian Museum.
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Photograph courtesy Frank Luerweg, University of Bonn