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Egyptian King Pharaoh Ramesses III had his throat slashed and toe hacked off by multiple assassins, new CT scans reveal

Thanks to ancient court documents, archaeologists have long known that there was a plot to assassinate Pharaoh Ramesses III – who ruled Egypt from 1186 BC to 1155 BC – because one of his wives wanted her son to take the throne instead. But it wasn’t until 2012 that computed tomography (CT) scans of the royal mummy revealed that the plot had likely gone ahead, with evidence of his trachea and oesophagus being severed by a sharp blade.

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Further recent research has revealed that he was most likely attacked by a number of weapons at the time of his death and it appears that his toe had also been chopped off. Ramesses III appeared to have been given post-mortem ‘cosmetic surgery’ of sorts, his corpse plumped up and arranged into more ‘attractive’ angles, making it difficult for archaeologists to find any physical signs of foul play on the mummified body.

 

 

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