Friday, 19 August 2011

Did Hatshepsut accidentally poisoned herself?

A German university said today that researchers have discovered a carcinogenic substance in a flask of lotion believed to have belonged to Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt 3,500 years ago — raising a possibility she may have accidentally poisoned herself.

The University of Bonn said it spent two years researching the dried-out contents of the flask, which is part of its Egyptian Museum’s collection and bears an inscription saying it belonged to Hatshepsut.

According to the Washington Post, the flask contains what appears to have been a lotion or medicine used to tackle skin disorders such as eczema.

See also The Daily News Egypt: German scientists trace cause of death ... 3,500 years later

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