A theory about the assassination of Ramses III was confirmed by researchers at the University in Cairo, revealing the true gruesome details of his murder. They say that he was killed by multiple assailants and given postmortem cosmetic surgery to hide this fact. For some time, researchers debated if the Harem conspiracy, as the murder plot against the pharaoh was called, was foiled. It’s now known that he was assassinated in a gory, multiple assailant attack. The mummification team in charge of the pharaoh’s body tried to hide that, but modern technology revealed the truth.
Ramses (also written as Ramesses) III (ruled 1186 BC – 1155 BC) was a pharaoh of the New Kingdom Period. Some revealing information about his death has been published in a book by Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and the Cairo University radiologist Sahar Saleem. Their work is entitled Scanning the Pharaohs: CT Imaging of the New Kingdom Royal Mummies (American University in Cairo Press, 2016).