3 Things You Didn’t Know About Egypt’s Female Pharaoh – Hatshepsut

The Hatshepsut temple is proof of a powerful truth – you cannot erase history, but merely hide some of the memories associated with it. Not until a few years ago, very little was known about Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh of Egypt.

It is alleged that her successor and step-son Thutmose III may have systematically obliterated any records related to her rule. This included chiseling off her face from statues in temples and monuments.

Had it not been for modern science and the unexpected discovery of a tooth, Hatshepsut’s identity would have remained unknown. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about one of Egypt’s most powerful Queens.

Hatshepsut Insisted On Being Represented As A Male Only In Her Later Years:

In the early years of her reign as a co-regent, Queen Hatshepsut was cautious not to step outside her boundaries and only manage the affairs of the kingdom until her stepson Thutmose III learned the ropes.

Some relics, like the one found in the Elephantine Islands, believed to have been built in the early years of her reign depict her as a woman. This however gradually changed when her images began to be depicted as a broad and bare-chested man with a false pharaonic beard as opposed to the slim and graceful depictions in the earlier relics.

This transformation was probably because she saw herself as a true and only descendant of King Thutmose I (her father), unlike her husband –brother Thutmose II who was descended from an adopted king. Naturally, King Thutmose II’s son, Thutmose III wouldn’t have as much as a royal lineage as Queen Hatshepsut.

Hatshepsut Was A Great Builder:

During her reign, Queen Hatshepsut had built many temples and monuments in Upper Egypt and the Lower Egypt regions. The mortuary temple of Hatshepsut is considered an architectural marvel by many Egyptologists.

She also built two huge granite obelisks that were each 97 feet high and weigh around 350 tons. Hatshepsut also commissioned several monuments at the Temple of Karnak.

Hatshepsut Had Cancer And Could Have Possibly Died From It:

German researchers have claimed that a flask containing a lotion and possibly belonging to Hatshepsut could have been the cause of her death. A detailed analysis of the content inside the flask reveal traces of palm and nutmeg oil – possibly, treatment for eczema or some other skin condition.

This flask may also have contained a carcinogen. A CT scan conducted on her mummy later revealed that Hatshepsut died during her 50s of bone cancer.

Author Bio : The Author is a world traveler and has written several articles about ancient Egypt, especially some of its monuments like the Hatshepsut temple.