Artefacts belonging to Queen Hatshepsut identified
|Egyptian queen Hatshepsut is depicted on a painted limestone statue|
in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo [Credit: Kenneth Garrett,
Sousa was able to read the hieroglyphs on the UWinnipeg objects, and then confirmed his identification via a comparison with very similar objects currently held by The Garstang Museum of Archaeology at the University of Liverpool.
The current work focuses on reading the entire line of hieroglyphics and developing the historical and social context of the objects. It builds on a previous survey and cataloguing of the collection conducted by the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities (SSEA) team when the cartouche was noted.
|Hieroglyphs of Queen Hatshepsut's throne name were discovered on this|
miniature hoe and rocker [Credit: Anthropology Museum/
University of Winnipeg]
“This is a remarkable find,” stated the Hetherington Collection’s curator, Val McKinley. “In addition to adding to our understanding of Egyptian history and our institutional history, when students participate in discoveries like this it is inspirational for other students. Luther is continuing with research on the Hatshepsut artifacts, but we are also developing other student projects and including other departments in the research. This provides inter-disciplinary opportunities for UWinnipeg students and faculty members.”
Dr. Doug Goltz (Department of Chemistry) and student Rebecka Dumontet are among those who are also working on the collection.
The A.E. Hetherington Collection has been at the University of Winnipeg since the early 1900’s. The circumstances of the acquisition of the collection are a mystery, but what is known is that the objects are authentic, and that they were sent to the University in at least two shipments, one in 1903, and another after 1925, most likely through the Egyptian Exploration Society. The objects represent several dynasties from multiple sites and include lamps, storage jars, domestic dishware, stone cutting and scraping tools, bone game pieces, funerary figurines called shabtis, and brass Osiris figurines.
Source: University of Winnipeg [February 13, 2016]