Egyptologist Ken Griffin from Swansea University was on the look for certain artifacts for his students to analyze, earlier this month. However, by accident, he stumbled upon an image of a relief carving in the storage of the school’s Egypt Centre. After looking at it, he realized that it must have been a very rare image of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. He immediately wanted to show his students the artifact and when they finally saw the limestone they were convinced that it was Hatshepsut.
Moreover, in an eerie coincidence, he made the discovery on March 8th, the International Women’s Day. Everything about the carving screams that the pharaoh is indeed depicted on it. From the decorations to the hieroglyphs that use female pronouns. As for Griffin, who has put a lot of effort into studying Egyptian artifacts, the materials and the style in the carving were similar to those in Hatshepsut’s temple at Deir el-Bahri. So, taking this into account, it’s a mystery how the carving ended up in Swansea, England. Most probably, the carving was taken from the temple in the 19th century, before its restauration began back in 1902.
A very rare carving of Hatshepsut, discovered
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In 1971, pharmaceutical magnate and collector Henry Wellcome donated the carving to the University’s Egypt Centre. It was not on display because nobody identified its value at the time. Now that this has happened, it will finally be put on display at the center, for everyone to see.
For a long time, Hatshepsut was nicknamed “the lost queen” because nobody knew about her existence. This happened because Thutmose III, her stepson, had her erased from history and took credit for all of her accomplishments. In mid-1800s, researchers finally found the truth about her when the Rosetta Stone allowed them to translate the hieroglyphs. So, her rule became known and she was once again, part of Egyptian history.
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