Egyptologist Discovers Mysterious Female Pharaoh’s Head
A scientist has discovered a rare relief sculpture of one of Egypt’s few female pharaohs that had been kept in storage for more than 40 years.
Dr Ken Griffin from the University of Swansea in the UK discovered the sculpture during a routine student handling session on Thursday, March 8.
It depicts Hatshepsut, who historians believe was one of only five women that ruled Egypt.
It has been at the university since 1971 as part of Sir Henry Wellcome’s collection but was only discovered 40 years later.
Dr Griffin told the BBC, “I was selecting objects for the handling session, and saw an old black-and-white photo of a carving which looked more interesting than the rest … when we realised what it truly was our jaws hit the floor—mine as well as the students’.”
Dr Griffin said he hopes he will be able to locate the exact place from where the relief was taken in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri.
The artwork will now be displayed in the House of Life at the university’s Egypt Centre.