8 Facts About Ancient Egypt From a Different Angle That Most People Don’t Know

The mysterious screaming mummy is the son of Ramesses.

4 Facts About Pyramids and Pharaohs That Help Us See Ancient Egypt From a Different Angle

One of the most powerful pharaohs of the New Kingdom, Ramesses III, was murdered by his son after 30 years of his reign. The conspiracy was instigated by Tiye, one of his 3 wives, over whether their son Pentewere would inherit the throne.

Ramesses’ execution was extremely cruel: murderers chopped off his left big toe and cut his throat with a sharp knife. The cut was so deep and large that it almost went down to the spine. By the way, embalmers tried to hide the injury as there was a piece of fabric around Ramesses’ neck.

Scientists suppose that the screaming mummy is Pentewere, who was executed together with other conspirators almost immediately after the murder of his father. According to one version, he was allowed to commit suicide and another theory says that he was strangled. Pentewere’s real name was erased from his tomb to prevent him from enjoying an afterlife.

After his death, Pentewere’s body was buried with a sheep skin — an act that indicated he was not clean and did something bad in his life. Priests poured embalming fluid into his mouth without removing his organs. But his open mouth wasn’t death agony, all mummies’ heads just tilt back as time passes.

Tiye’s destiny remains unknown. Her name might have been changed before burial and lost over time.

Ancient Egyptian history consists of 40 centuries of the development of one of the most powerful civilizations known to us. Every day, archaeologists discover something new and reveal ancient secrets. Who knows what they will find out tomorrow. Let’s stay posted and share our own knowledge of this magnificent country! What things do you know about Egypt?

The living shared food with the dead

The tomb was designed as an eternal home for the mummified body and the ka spirit that lived beside it. An accessible tomb-chapel allowed families, well-wishers and priests to visit the deceased and leave the regular offerings that the ka required, while a hidden burial chamber protected the mummy from harm.
Within the tomb-chapel, food and drink were offered on a regular basis. Having been spiritually consumed by the ka, they were then physically consumed by the living. During the ‘feast of the valley’, an annual festival of death and renewal, many families spent the night in the tomb-chapels of their ancestors. The hours of darkness were spent drinking and feasting by torchlight as the living celebrated their reunion with the dead.
Food offerings to the dead. From a decorative detail from the Sarcophagus of Irinimenpu. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
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