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How did Hatshepsut die?

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According to Zahi Hawass, the former secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo, Hatshepsut died of bone cancer that had metastasized throughout her body. However, some scientists are still skeptical because of doubts about her mummy.

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Hatshepsut was a powerful queen of ancient Egypt who ruled in the 15th century B.C. However, when she died, her son went on a determined campaign to eradicate her memory from Egypt, destroying inscriptions, monuments and documents that mentioned her. When archaeologists found her tomb, it was looted and empty, but they did find a mummy in the tomb of Sitre In, a wet nurse. However, according to Reuters, that mummy is missing a tooth that matches a tooth known to belong to Hatshepsut, and DNA evidence indicates a connection with Egypt's pharaonic line. If this mummy is hers, Hatshepsut also suffered from diabetes, obesity and bad teeth.

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    What are some interesting facts about Queen Hatshepsut?

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    Hatshepsut Ma'at-ka-Ra ruled ancient Egypt during the 18th dynasty as the first female pharaoh. Her 20-year reign was the longest of any female king in ancient Egypt.

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    What was Queen Hatshepsut known for?

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    At around 1473 B.C., Queen Hatshepsut elevated herself to the status of pharaoh after Thutmose II died and left an underage heir. She is also known for commissioning the funereal temple at Deir el-Bahari and overseeing a period of architectural and economic advancement. Hatshepsut ordered an exceptionally successful trading voyage to the ancient civilization of Punt, which helped the kingdom procure unprecedented amounts of leopard skin, gold, ebony, myrrh and ivory.

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    When and where was Queen Hatshepsut born?

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    Hatshepsut was born around 1500 B.C. in Egypt. She was likely born in Thebes, which was the capital city at the time of her birth, but this is not recorded.

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    What were some of Queen Hatshepsut's accomplishments?

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    Queen Hatshepsut, the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt, commissioned the construction of hundreds of project throughout the kingdom during her reign. Additionally, she sent envoys to areas in Africa and the Middle East to engage in trade and diplomacy, as well as limited military expeditions to those regions.

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