“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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