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NEWS: Egyptian king had throat slashed, study finds

The mummy of Rames­ses III, from a photo in the 1912 book Gen­eral Cata­logue of Egypti­an Ant­i­qui­ties in the Cai­ro Mu­seum pub­lished by the French In­sti­tute of Ori­ental Arch­aeo­logy (Source: World Science).

The mummy of Rames­ses III, from a photo in the 1912 book Gen­eral Cata­logue of Egypti­an Ant­i­qui­ties in the Cai­ro Mu­seum pub­lished by the French In­sti­tute of Ori­ental Arch­aeo­logy (Source: World Science).

“A pa­py­rus doc­u­ment at the Egyp­tian Mu­se­um in Tu­rin, Italy de­scribes a crime that shook ancient Egypt. One of the Pha­raoh’s wives, Tiy, de­cid­ed to kill her hus­band, the god-like King Ramesses III, so her son Pen­ta­were could seize the throne.

The plot was ex­posed, the doc­u­ment re­lates, and the con­spira­tors tried and pun­ished. But just what be­came of the mon­arch has re­mained a ques­tion mark.

Sci­en­tists have now sub­jected his mum­my to com­put­ed to­mog­ra­phy scans, mo­lec­u­lar ge­net­ic anal­y­sis and ra­di­o­lo­g­i­cal tests. The in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­clud­ed that the king’s throat was slashed while he lived—and the son seems really to have hanged him­self, as the doc­u­ment states he was pressed in­to do­ing as retribution.

The pharao­h’s “neck wound only be­came vis­i­ble through the use of com­put­ed to­mo­g­ra­phy” or CT scans, said Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, a key mem­ber of the re­search team” – via World Science.

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