SCREAMING MUMMY WAS A DADDY KILLER
A male mummy with its mouth agape in a forever silent scream, found years ago in the Deir el-Bahari Valley of the Kings tomb complex in Egypt, was thought to be Prince Pentewere, tried and executed for his involvement in a conspiracy to murder his father, the pharaoh Ramses III (reigned 1186 – c.1155 BC), who had his throat cut (see my 2013 report,
FT300:23). This identity has now been reinforced by DNA analysis. Being such a naughty young man, Pentewere was literally hung out to dry and so mummified naturally instead of undergoing the complex procedure of proper, honourable embalming, and instead of being covered in white linen, he was wrapped in sheepskin, considered impure. The mummy has its hands and feet bound with leather ropes, and evidence suggests Pentewere was poisoned. Independent UK, Egypt Independent, 13 Feb 2018.