Mystery of Ramses III’s Death Unravelled - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online
Archaeologists conclude that Bronze Age pharaoh was assassinated in a plot conducted by his second wife, Tiya
After two years of scientific and archaeological research and analysis, Egyptologists have solved the mystery of Ramses III’s death.
They have discovered the king was murdered as part of a plot woven by his second wife, Tiya, who wished to put her son, Prince Pentawere, on the throne.
According to a medical report published on Monday in the British Medical Journal, a team led by archaeologist and former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass, and Cairoscan Centre Executive Director Ashraf Selim, DNA analysis and x-rays carried out on two unknown mummies exhibited at the Egyptian Museum, known as Unknown Man E and the Screaming Mummy, revealed that Unknown Man E is Ramses III, and he was killed by a blow from a sharp knife to the back of his neck.