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Egypt will retest royal mummies

All of Egypt's royal mummies will get identity checks after scientists found one was wrongly identified as a pharaoh, Egypt's chief archeologist said last week .

Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said he would use computed tomography scanning and DNA to test more than 40 royal mummies at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

In June, the mummy long thought to have been King Tuthmosis I was found to be a young man who died from an arrow wound, Hawass said. History showed Tuthmosis I died in his 60s.

"I am now questioning all the mummies," he said in an interview. "We have to check them all again."

Many royal mummies were taken from their tombs and hidden elsewhere to protect them from desecration and looting hundreds of years after their deaths.

Hawass said the ancient mummy of Tuthmosis I's daughter, Queen Hatshepsut, had been identified and it was found she had been a fat woman in her 50s, with diabetes and rotten teeth, who died of bone cancer. Her DNA had also been matched to Ahmose Nefertari, who Hawass described as Hatshepsut's grandmother.

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