Saturday, 13 February 2016

Winnipeg researcher discovers Queen Hatshepsut artifacts

Mummified remains of Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt's most famous female pharaoh, lie in a glass case at the Cairo Museum
Researchers at the University of Winnipeg claim to have found what they believe are belongings of an ancient Egyptian queen. The artifacts were found among a collection of 450 ancient relics at the university.

Luther Sousa identified two wooden objects — one, a miniature hoe, and the other a set of miniature rockers — in the collection which he believes belonged to Queen Hatshepsut, the first ever woman pharaoh to rule ancient Egypt. Hatshepsut is said to be one of the most powerful female monarchs who ruled for 21 years from 1479 to 1458 BC. She declared herself pharaoh after the death of her husband-brother Tuthmosis II.
The university acquired the Hetherington collection in the early 1900s.

Sousa found hieroglyphs that represented Queen Hatshepsut's throne name — Maatkare — on a hoe that's about a 30 centimetres long and a wooden rocker about 15 cm long.
The hoe and rocker are from a foundation deposit, Sousa said. "Before the construction of a temple or a tomb, they would dig a pit and they would put things of cultural significance, religious significance, into this pit before the temple was built," The hoe and rocker are examples of what was used to build temples in ancient Egyptian times. The miniatures represent the construction of the temple, it's commemoration.