World news – CT scans reveal details of how an ancient Egyptian pharaoh died


Researchers recently performed CT scans on the mummified remains of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh named Seqenenre-Taa-II. The Pharaoh ruled over southern Egypt when the Hyksos from 1650 to 1550 BC. Occupied the land. Seqenenre-Taa-II was killed trying to remove foreign control over his land.

The mummified remains were first discovered and examined in the 1880s. Since the mummy was discovered, scientists have wondered about the exact nature of Seqenenre-Taa-II’s death. In the 1960s, the mummy was examined using X-rays which revealed severe head injuries and no other wounds on the body.

There are two general theories about how the pharaoh died. One suggests that he was captured and executed in battle. Another suggests that he was murdered in his sleep. Previous studies identified the mummy’s poor condition, which means that embalming was done quickly and outside the royal mummification workshop. Scientists recently used computed tomography or CT scans of the mummified remains to reveal new details about the injuries.

The CT scans discovered something interesting in the form of previously undiscovered lesions obscuring embalmers. The new paper found that the Pharaoh was likely captured on the battlefield with his hands tied behind his back to prevent him from defending himself against the attack. The team believe Seqenenre-Taa-II’s death was a ceremonial execution.

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The ancient pharaoh was around 40 years old when he died based on the morphology revealed in the new CT images. CT images also showed that the embalmers used an ingenious method to hide the head wounds under layers of embalming material that worked like fillers in plastic surgery. The researchers believe the mummification took place in a real mummification laboratory instead of being hastily done as suggested in previous studies.


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