The famous Deir el-Bahari Royal Cache was discovered in Luxor, Egypt, in 1881. This treasure trove dates to the 21st and 22nd Dynasties, having been deposited by the ruling Meshwesh ancient Libyans when they hid their ancestral corpses from grave robbers. The cache includes two interesting mummies, which have become known as “The Screaming Man Mummy” and the Screaming Woman Mummy.”
Now, renowned Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass and Sahar Saleem, professor of radiology at Cairo University who specializes in scanning ancient mummies, recently performed CT scans and DNA analysis of “The Screaming Man” mummy. They determined that the corpse belonged of Prince Pentawere, son of King Ramses III.
Having been accused of conspiring to kill his father, Prince Pentawere was forced to commit suicide by hanging in a series of events historians call “The Harem Plot.” Since the priesthood deemed him unclean, Pentawere’s corpse wasn’t mummified like the others, but wrapped a lowly sheep-skin, while all of the other royal mummies had been carefully wrapped in white linens before being mummified.