New Study Reveals Ramsses III Mystery

Researchers have come up with a different story behind the death of Ramsses III. The death of Egypt's last king had confused historians for many centuries.

''Finally, with this study, we have solved an important mystery in the history of Ancient Egypt," said Albert Zink, a paleopathologist at the EURAC Institute of Mummies and the Iceman in Italy.

CT scans reveal a deep and wide cut that was covered by the bandages on the King's throat that could not have been removed for preservation.

At the Egyptian museum in Cairo, researchers have found a small amulet that was hidden in the King's wound. Embalmers have probably put it there in hope that it would heal him in the afterlife, said Zink.

Papyrus depictions at the Egyptian museum in Turin, Italy, contribute to a conspiracy that Tiye, one of the Kings wives, had her son Pentawere kill Ramsses in order to take the throne.

Genetic studies have also shown that an unidentified mummy in the same burial as Ramsses turned out to be a relative, may be Pentawere.

Pentawere may have been forced to kill himself as a punishment for the conspiracy, Zink said.

"He was not embalmed  in a normal way. They had not removed his organs and he was wrapped in a goat skin, something considered impure in Ancient Egypt," Zink said.

Ramsses III was the second ruler of Egypt's 20th Dynasty and the last if Great Pharaohs on the throne.

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