(Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen was provided to me by Special Ops Media for the purpose of this giveaway.)
Heads up, homeschoolers! I’ve got one copy of Discovery Channel‘s Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen on DVD to give away.
Deep beneath the sands of Egypt ‘s fabled Valley of the Kings lay the anonymous remains of one of ancient history’s greatest – and least known – rulers, Queen Hatshepsut. More powerful than Cleopatra or Nefertiti, Queen Hatshepsut not only died mysteriously but every sign of her existence was systematically erased. Now for the first time ever, top archaeologists use cutting-edge forensic techniques to unravel the mystery of Hatshepsut’s life and death, unearthing her fascinating story that has remained buried for 3,000 years.
From the official site:
In what is being called the most important find in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings since the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, Discovery Channel’s Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen exclusively reveals archaeological, forensic and scientific evidence identifying a 3,000-year-old mummy as Hatshepsut, Egypt’s greatest female Pharaoh.
More powerful than Cleopatra or Nefertiti, Hatshepsut stole the throne from her young stepson, dressed herself as a man, and in an unprecedented move, declared herself Pharaoh. Though her power stretched across Egypt and her reign was prosperous, Hatshepsut’s legacy was systematically erased from Egyptian history — historical records were destroyed, monuments torn down and her corpse removed from her tomb.
The film follows a team of top forensic experts and archaeologists led by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, as they use the full range of forensic technology to identify Hatshepsut.
The investigative journey of Dr. Hawass and his team led them through the massive crypts beneath Egypt and into the depths of the Cairo Museum. Using knowledge of royal Egyptian mummification and clues from two known tombs linked to Hatshepsut, the team narrowed their search for Hatshepsut to just four mummies from thousands of unidentified corpses.
Computed tomography (CT) scans allowed the scientists to link distinct physical traits of the Hatshepsut mummy to that of her ancestors. The search was further narrowed to two possibilities — both from the tomb of Hatshepsut’s nanny — but the final clue lay within a canopic box inscribed with the female Pharaoh’s name. A scan of the box found a tooth that, when measured, perfectly matched a missing upper molar in one of the two mummies.
“The discovery of the Hatshepsut mummy is one of the most important finds in the history of Egypt,” said Dr. Hawass. “Her reign during the 18th Dynasty of ancient Egypt was a prosperous one, yet mysteriously she was erased from Egyptian history. Our hope is that this mummy will help shed light on this mystery and on the mysterious nature of her death.”
Applied Biosystems and Discovery Quest, part of Discovery Channel’s initiative to support the scientific community’s work, funded the construction and equipment for the first-ever DNA testing facility located outside the Cairo Museum in Egypt for the program. The DNA testing facility will not only be used to extract and compare the mitochondrial DNA of the Hatshepsut mummy and mummies from her family, but will also be used by scientists to examine future finds in Egypt.”
If you’re interested in winning this DVD, please leave a comment on this post by 12:00 am Pacific Time, Tuesday, January 1, 2008. I will use a random number generator to draw a winner – and you’ll receive it quickly, since I already have the DVD in my possession. Oh, and this contest is open to everyone – not just homeschoolers. I just thought it would be a perfect addition to a resource library for Ancient History studies.