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Scientists solve 3,000-year-old pharaonic whodunit

Published on Dec 18, 2012 8:10 AM
 

PARIS (AFP) - An assassin slit the throat of Egypt's last great pharaoh at the climax of a bitter succession battle, scientists said on Monday in a report on a 3,000-year-old royal murder.

Forensic technology suggests Ramses III, a king revered as a god, met his death at the hand of a killer, or killers, sent by his conniving wife and ambitious son, they said.

And a cadaver known as the "Screaming Mummy" could be that of the son himself, possibly forced to commit suicide after the plot, they added.

Computed tomography imaging of the mummy of Ramses III shows that the pharaoh's windpipe and major arteries were slashed, inflicting a wound 7cm wide and reaching almost to the spine, the investigators said.

 
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