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Egypt’s Curse of Pharaohs Exposed: The Shocking Truth Revealed by DNA Tests on the ‘Screaming Mummy

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The bizarre burial was found in KV11 of the Valley of the Kings, where the second Pharaoh of the 20th Dynasty of ancient Egypt – Ramses III – was laid to rest with his royal family.

Screaming Mummy' displayed in Egypt museum | Arab News

Thought to have reigned from 1186BC to 1155BC, Ramses III is considered to have been the last great monarch of the New Kingdom to wield any substantial authority over Egypt. His long reign saw the decline of Egyptian political and economic power, linked to a series of invasions and internal economic problems that also plagued pharaohs before him.

Experts say the so-called ‘Screaming Mummy’ was preserved in a manner never seen before – his limbs were bound in leather, and the body wrapped in sheepskin, indicating it was considered to be ‘unclean’

But he was able to save Egypt from collapsing as many other empires fell during the Late Bronze Age, however, he was brutally assassinated in what came to be known as the Harem conspiracy.

Amazon Prime’s ‘Egypt’s Unexplained Files’ revealed how archaeologists investigated the so-called screaming mummy to establish if the individual was linked to the death of Ramses III.

The body was first discovered in 1886 at the Deir El-Bahari mortuary temples in Egypt (pictured)

Egyptologist Colleen Darnell said in 2019: “The tomb containing most of the mummies of the rulers of the New Kingdom was discovered in the 1880s.

“The so-called screaming mummy is found and the physical evidence of the mummy indicates that he died a violent death.”

The Curse of the Pharaohs was exposed

The Curse of the Pharaohs was exposed (Image: GETTY)

Ramses III was brutally murdered

Ramses III was brutally murdered (Image: GETTY)

For decades the mummy remained an enigma, but in 2012, scientists performed an autopsy on the horrifying corpse.

Dr Roland Enmarch, from the University of Liverpool, revealed why some had rumoured that the screaming was caused by the Curse of the Pharaohs.

The screaming mummy was found in his tomb

The screaming mummy was found in his tomb (Image: GETTY)

Egyptologist Colleen Darnell

Egyptologist Colleen Darnell (Image: AMAZON)

Dr Albert Zink performed a DNA test

Dr Albert Zink performed a DNA test (Image: AMAZON)

“From the outer side around his neck there were some wrinkles, it looks like there was a rope around his neck and maybe he died of suffocation.”

The narrator of the show detailed how more chilling evidence began to unravel the mystery.

An ancient papyrus revealed the truth

An ancient papyrus revealed the truth (Image: AMAZON)

The cartouche of Ramses III

The cartouche of Ramses III (Image: GETTY)

Amazingly, Dr Zink carried out DNA testing on both the bodies of Ramses III and the “screaming mummy”.

He revealed: “We found that Pentaweret died from suicide, possibly by hanging himself.

While other bodies were wrapped in white linen and carefully mummified, the Screaming Mummy was simply left to dry out in natron salt, with some even poured into his open mouth, and covered with sheepskin

“We installed a DNA laboratory in Cairo, close to the museum, to extract the DNA and then multiply it and get the genetic fingerprint of the mummy.

“What we saw when we analysed the DNA of both mummies was that they indeed share 50 percent of the DNA, so it’s highly likely that they are indeed father and son.”

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