Sci­en­tists reveal Hat­shep­sut died of can­cer at 50

Hat­shep­sut buried at Val­ley of Kings in Luxor, in­terred in KV20 tomb along with her fa­ther, be­lieved to be val­ley’s first tomb

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Thou­sands of years af­ter her death, sci­en­tists re­vealed that an­cient Egyp­tian fe­male pharaoh Hat­shep­sut died of can­cer at the age of 50, ac­cord­ing to Hus­sein Ab­del Basser ,di­rec­tor of An­tiq­ui­ties Mu­seum of Bi­b­lio­theca Alexan­dria.

The state­ment came dur­ing a lec­ture held on Mon­day at the Bi­b­lio­theca, en­ti­tled ‘Pharaohs’ Queens: The Drama of Love and Power.’

Ab­del Baser said in the lec­ture that the sec­ond fe­male pharaoh also suf­fered from di­a­betes.

The fe­male queen was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th Dy­nasty, and the sec­ond fe­male ruler in the his­tory.

She was de­scribed as “the first great woman in his­tory of whom we are in­formed,” ac­cord­ing to Egyp­tol­o­gist James Breasted.

Sci­en­tists also dis­cov­ered that Hat­shep­sut had bone can­cer, which has spread through­out her body shortly be­fore her death.

She was the wife of Thut­mose II, and the mother of the fol­low­ing ruler Thut­mose III, whom she ruled along­side, as he was only 2-years-old when his fa­ther died.

Hat­shep­sut was buried at the Val­ley of the Kings in Luxor, in­terred in the KV20 tomb along with her fa­ther, which is be­lieved to be the first tomb in the val­ley.

The fe­male queen was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th Dy­nasty, and the sec­ond fe­male ruler in the his­tory

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