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he female mummy of Hatshepsut, Egypt's greatest woman ruler

Archaeologists today used a missing tooth to positively identify the mummy of Hatshepsut, Egypt's greatest woman pharaoh who reigned more than 3,000 years ago.
Zahi Hawass, Egypt's foremost archaeologist who led the research, said: "This is the most important discovery in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of King Tutankhamun, and one of the greatest adventures of my life."

Hatshepsut ruled over Egypt, the most advanced civilisation in the world, for about 15 years (1473-58BC) and was only the second woman known to have assumed the throne.

She was the daughter of Tuthmosis I and married her half-brother Tuthmosis II. When her husband/brother died, she ruled as regent on behalf of his infant son Tuthmosis III, but effectively took over the throne.

Depictions of her illustrate the change of status, showing her in the traditional regalia, the royal head-covering known as the nemes hea…