Archeologists have unraveled the mystery of the murder of Pharaoh Ramses III
Archaeologists from the Institute of mummies in Bolzano (Italy), examining the mummy of Pharaoh Ramses III and his alleged son, came to the conclusion that the king really died as a result of a conspiracy — most of all, he cut his throat, reports the BBC, citing an article published in the British Medical Journal.
"Enlighten" the mummy of the pharaoh with a CT scanner, they found he had a large incision in the neck wound length of 7 cm This gash cut the trachea and all the major blood vessels. Within the wound was discovered amulet (the Eye of Horus, a symbol of royal power), so that the wound is healed before mummification.
According to the chronicles, the deposed ruler Pentaver own son and one of the wives of Tiye. Until now it was not known, he survived a coup or was killed by conspirators. Research studies scholars argue in favor of that of Ramses III was killed after all. The events in question relate XII — XI centuries BC
Ascertaining the circumstances of the death of Ramses III, the scientists turned to the analysis of the mummy of his alleged killer. Archeologists removed the genetic material from the bones of mummies and compared them with each other. The analysis confirmed that the pharaoh and a man 18-20 years old, most likely, were father and son.
The researchers then tried to solve the mystery of his son's death, after analyzing images imager. This allowed them to find a few unusual circumstances of his burial, RIA "Novosti".
First, his internal organs and brain were removed during the mummification process, contrary to all notions of funerary rites of the New Kingdom. In addition, the body of a young man was wrapped in a skin of a goat, which was considered "unclean" in terms of funeral rites for the family members of the monarch.
Second, on his neck, scientists have found a lot of creases and dents, and his chest was unusually extended. Coupled with the unusual burial, this fact has allowed Zinc and his colleagues suggest that the young man was buried alive or was strangled shortly before burial.
Thus, Zinc and his colleagues found that Ramses III really died as a result of the conspirators, led by his wife Tiye and her son. These data, as researchers believe, will help Egyptologists decipher some obscure or ambiguous phrases in what is called the Turin Papyrus, a story about the trial of the coup and Tiye and her accomplices.