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Japanese photojournalists capture images of the mummified remains of Queen Hatshepsut before a news conference at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Wednesday. The mummy was discovered more than a century ago in a humble tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings, but suspicion that it was the female pharaoh was hard to prove because of the lack of evidence directly linking it to Hatshepsut. New CT scans of the mummy and its internal organs confirm its identity, said Zahi Hawass, Egypt's chief archeologist. "This is the most important discovery in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of King Tutankhamen, and one of the greatest adventures of my life," said Hawass. Hatshepsut is believed to be one of four women to rule ancient Egypt, but the others presided over dynasties in decline. Hatshepsut's reign from about 1502 to 1482 BC occurred when Egypt was at the height of its power.
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