Ancient Egyptian researchers were shocked to discover that an Egyptian pharaoh experienced a very violent death, causing his face to be twisted, terrifyingly distorted after being “smashed” Brain”.
According to the Express, ancient Egypt is one of the most fascinating civilizations for archaeologists. Thanks to archeology, many wonderful secrets about the ancient ancestors of the Egyptians have been deciphered. Among the amazing discoveries about ancient Egypt, there is a little-known pharaoh whose life and death are full of mysteries, attracting the exploration and discovery of researchers. rescue.
Discovered by locals in 1871 and accessed by Egyptologists 10 years later, the Royal Cache is an ancient Egyptian mausoleum containing the mummies and burial paraphernalia of more than 50 kings, queens and queens. other royal members of the New Kingdom of Egypt (a period in the history of Ancient Egypt that lasted from the mid-16th century BC to the 11th century BC).
In addition to legendary kings such as Ramesses the Great and Seti I, this period contains a little-known pharaoh but his mysterious life and “violent” death have greatly interested archaeologists.
An inscription on the pharaoh’s coffin lid that reads “Seqenenre the Brave” provides the first clue to how he lived and died.
Pharaoh Seqenenre met a violent, painful death. Express photo.
Dr Richard Shepherd, a world-renowned forensic pathologist who investigates suspicious deaths, said: “When we looked at his face, it was definitely an unusual face. It’s very distorted. The whole nose, right eye, bridge of nose, left eye are all very distorted.”
Seqenenre is the only Egyptian pharaoh ever found with such ferocious wounds.
Pointing to the horrific wounds on the side of the pharaoh Seqenenre’s head, Dr. Shepherd emphasized: “This is a wound caused by a terrible external force. His brain was pounded, creating this crater-like depression. This wound seems a bit strange, I think, partly because the bone was crushed, maybe because the weapon was pulled out afterwards. It caused a piece of the outside of the skull to flip over.”
The distorted, twisted face of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Express photo.
Shepherd attempted to find out how the pharaoh Seqenenre died by conducting the only full autopsy ever performed on the pharaoh Seqenenre’s body.
Earlier, an expert named Elliot Smith conducted an autopsy on this Egyptian pharaoh in 1912, and concluded that Seqenenre died of an ax wound in a battle.
“Elliot Smith spoke of an ‘axe’ in his report, and I would like to confirm that to the best of our knowledge now,” Dr. Shepherd stated.
“When I look at these two injuries, what I can tell is that they are both lethal injuries. Even just one wound like that is enough to cause death,” said Mr. Shepherd. said more.
Terrible wounds on his face and forehead. Express photo.
The “violent” death of the pharaoh Seqenenre was also described in a 2005 book by Gaston Maspero entitled “History of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria, Volume 4″.
Accordingly, author Maspero writes: “A blow with an ax severed part of his left cheek, exposed his teeth, fractured his jaw, and sent him to the ground helpless; another blow severely wounded the skull, and a dagger or javelin cut into the right forehead, slightly above the eye. His body must have been lying where he fell for some time. When the body is found, the decomposition process has already begun, and embalming must be done as quickly as possible.”
It is widely believed that the wounds on the pharaoh’s head were inflicted by a Hyksos ax, and the other wounds on his neck were inflicted by a dagger while he was lying dead on the ground.
The absence of wounds to the arms and hands also suggests that the king died defenseless.
A 2021 CT scan shows that the pharaoh Seqenenre was in his 40s when he died, and his deformed hands suggest that the pharaoh was once imprisoned with his hands bound.
The facial wounds of pharaoh Seqenenre strongly correlate with Hyksos weapons, suggesting that he may have led military skirmishes against the Hyksos and died in one of these skirmishes.
The mummy of pharaoh Seqenenre was found in the Royal Cache tomb
During the process of embalming Seqenenre, the embalmers are said to have tried to hide the king’s wounds. The methods used suggest that the embalming process took place in a Royal embalming workshop. After the pharaoh Seqenenre died on the battlefield, the war against the Hyksos continued.
Seqenenre’s son and successor, Wadjkheperre Kamose, the last ruler of the Seventeenth Dynasty at Thebes, is said to have launched a successful campaign against the Hyksos (who ruled Lower Egypt). However, pharaoh Wadjkheperre Kamose is also said to have died in battle during this campaign.