Geesch, just when you think that you know a little something about history, along comes another DNA test to throw a monkey wrench into the grand scheme of things. According to a recent Associated Press report, a mummy, initially discovered in 1903, that had been lying around gathering more dust is none other than pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut.
Hat-a-who, you say? Oh, you remember Hatshepsut; like Cleopatra and Nefertiti, she ruled ancient Egypt. Unlike these other two purported beauty queens, however, Hatshepsut was a drag queen.
She called herself “pharaoh” and even dressed as a man. Unfortunately, Hatshepsut became a historical enigma at the end of her reign. No temples, no pyramids, no big budget movie deals starring Elizabeth Taylor. Oddly enough, even her mummy disappeared—that is, until now.
Researchers at the Cairo Museum had a “relic box” in their collection which turned out to contain some Hatshepsut organs and a tooth. The DNA samples from this box were compared against the 1903 mummy and, jumpin’ Jehosaphat! We had found our lost pharaoh queen.—Dave Prochnow