Ancient Egypt's biggest whodunnit finally solved

Ramses III was slain in bloody succession battle

18 December, 10:24

(ANSAmed) - BOLZANO, 17 DEC - Ramses III, Egypt's last great pharaoh king, had his throat slit in a bloody battle to succeed him on the throne, according to definitive new research published in the British Medical Journal. One of the most intriguing whodunnits of ancient Egypt, Ramses III was said to have been murdered by his concubine 'Tij' some halfway through the 12 Century BC.

Details of the murder, written on a papyrus and kept in the Egyptian Museum in Turin, showed how Tij had plotted to replace her husband on the throne with her son Pentawer. But the plan was thwarted and its perpetrators brought to justice. The document does not explain how Ramses was killed. Now the research team which includes Italian Albert Zink, Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and molecular genetics expert from the University of Tübingen Carsten Pusch have used a CAT scan to show that the great pharaoh leader had his throat cut. (ANSAMed)

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