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CT Scan, DNA Tests Help ID Mummy as Hatshepsut

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CT Scan, DNA Tests Help ID Mummy as Hatshepsut

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CT Scan, DNA Tests Help ID Mummy as Hatshepsut

CT Scan, DNA Tests Help ID Mummy as Hatshepsut

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Not long ago, Egypt's chief of antiquities Zahi Hawass told an audience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that he believes a mummy gathering dust on the third floor of the Cairo Museum was actually the great Hatshepsut, one of Egypt's rare female pharaohs.

Now he says he was wrong. He now believes another long-neglected mummy, transported to Cairo just two months ago, is that of the legendary queen. He said the breakthrough came thanks to a CT scanner donated to the museum by the National Geographic Society and a DNA lab donated by Discovery Channel.

But other experts are more cautious about the find. The head of Egyptology at American University in Cairo, Salima Ikram, says the announcement is fascinating but she would call it a "tentative identification."

She says the apparent match of a tooth from Hatshepsut's royal box is probably the best evidence to date, but as far as the DNA tests that are still under way, she's not convinced that the science is fully reliable yet.

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