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article imageWill Egyptian Queen’s Beauty Secrets Be Revealed?

By Christopher Szabo     Apr 5, 2009 in Science
Scientists at Bonn University are analyzing a tiny 3,500 year-old glass bottle of perfume bearing Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut’s name to discover its secrets.
The Hungarian Mult Kor (Past Ages) historical and archaeological website reports the researchers plan to reconstruct the perfume following Computer Tomography (CT) of the bottle, which is housed at the university’s Egyptian Museum. The bottle was found to contain residue of the actual perfume.
Curator Michael Höveler-Müller explained: ”The work is expected to take up to a year, and based on the results it will even be possible to reconstruct the perfume 3,500 years after her death.” Höveler-Müller also pointed out that the main component of the perfume was likely incense, which was seen as the perfume of the gods by the ancient Egyptians.
Hatshepsut acted as regent for her stepson, Thutmosis III, in whose name she ruled Egypt for 20 years. In the eighth year of her regency, she sent an expedition to the legendary Punt, which is believed to refer to the Horn of Africa, a source of incense and myrrh.
Queen Hatshepsut died in 1457 BC and her mummy was identified by DNA and bone analysis in 2007.
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