In 1881, 19th-century archaeologists unearthed a Mummies located in the Deir El Bahri valley, nearly 500km from Cairo city, Egypt. This mummy later became one of the biggest and most famous archaeological mysteries of the century.
This mummy was named the “screaming mummy” because of its extremely haunting state. The corpse was lying in the position of the head tilted up, the mouth was very wide open, even though it was only bones, it can be imagined that this person had suffered extreme pain before dying. The mummy’s age is estimated to be up to 3,000 years.
The mummy was found near the graves of many members of the Egyptian royal family, so it is said to be a royal, but there are many special confusing points. The body was mummified with a layer of quicklime and several pieces of sheepskin.
This mummification material is different from many ancient Egyptian noble mummies. Others are usually wrapped in fine linen, while animal skins are considered unclean. In general, the body is not completely mummified, even without the accompanying spices.
Besides, around the mummy could not find any name or sign indicating the identity of the owner of the remains. In ancient Egypt, the family name was considered the most valuable thing of the deceased. An unnamed mummy means no access to the afterlife. This can also be a way of punishment for the offender.
So in the end, what is the identity and cause of death of the “screaming mummy” has always been a question that has puzzled scientists throughout the century. Until 2018, the mystery behind was partly revealed.
A team of scientists has published the results of a DNA analysis of the “screaming mummy” compared with a number of other mummies. The results show that it is likely that this is the remains of Prince Pentewere, a well-known figure in ancient Egyptian history. He was the son of Pharaoh Ramses III, who ruled from 1186 to 1155 BC.
According to historical records, Prince Pentewere was a criminal who committed a terrifying plot, which was to murder his own father with the aim of stealing the throne. Pentewere was later sentenced to death or suicide. Based on some scratch marks on the mummy’s neck, scientists also said that this Egyptian prince died by hanging.
A statue of Pharaoh Ramses III – who was likely murdered by his own son.
According to National Geographic, several historical documents on papyrus dating from the 12th century BC have written Prince Pentawere plotting to slit Pharaoh Ramses III’s throat. However, whether this assassination attempt was successful or not is still controversial. Pharaoh Ramses III is said to be one of the most prominent kings of ancient Egypt.
Analysis of the mummy of Pharaoh Ramses III earlier suggested that the king likely died of murder. He died when he was about 60 years old and CT scan results revealed that the king’s throat was cut, and his big toe was also severed.
Historical information from ancient times when combined with modern research results today has partly proved a catastrophic historical story in the past thousands of years ago. If this story is correct, it is not surprising that Prince Pentewere’s “screaming mummy” was treated this way.
Source: Live Science
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