CAIRO Egypt will run DNA tests on an
unidentified mummy to determine whether it is the pharaoh
Tuthmosis I, who ruled over a period of military expansion and
extensive construction, state news agency MENA said on Tuesday.
Egypt's chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass said the findings
would be compared with DNA from mummies of known members of
Tuthmosis's family, including Queen Hatshepsut, whose mummy was
identified last week, and Kings Tuthmosis II and III, according
Hawass said on Wednesday that he had recently concluded
that a mummy once assumed to be that of Tuthmosis I was not in
fact his, but belonged to a much younger man who died from an
According to MENA, Hawass said the conclusion had prompted
a new search for Tuthmosis's mummy.
Tuthmosis, who took the throne somewhere around 1506 BC,
led a series of successful military expeditions, expanding
Egypt's territory into Nubia and the Levant.
After his death, he was succeeded by Tuthmosis II, his son
from a minor wife, who chose to marry his royal half-sister,
the famous Queen Hatshepsut, to cement his claim to the throne.