The mysterious screaming mummy is the son of Ramesses.
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?