Unravelling a grand old mystery of Egyptian history (TV Documentary)

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Discovery Channel will air a special programme titled ‘Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen’ this Sunday, identifying a 3,500-year-old mummy through archaeological, forensic and scientific evidence.

Described as the most important find in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the mummy being searched is of Hatshepsut, the queen who was the king of Egypt. Hatshepsut was no ordinary woman as she stole the throne from her young stepson, dressed herself as a man and in an unprecedented move declared herself pharaoh. Though her power stretched across Egypt and her reign was prosperous, Hatshepsut’s legacy was systematically wiped out from Egyptian history.

The two-hour programme follows a team of top forensic experts and archaeologists led by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, as they for the first time ever use the full range of forensic technology to identify Hatshepsut.

Using knowledge of royal Egyptian mummification, the team narrows down the search for Hatshepsut to just four mummies from thousands of unidentified corpses.

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