Egyptologists Have Revealed The Secret Of The Death Of The "Screaming" Mummy
In Egypt, the Mummy Project research team used computed tomography to analyze the mysterious "mummy of a screaming woman."The results showed that about 3,000 years ago, this supposed Egyptian Princess died of a heart attack, according to Ahram Online.
The scan was carried out by a team led by the famous Egyptologist Zahi Khawas, who previously headed the Egyptian Ministry of antiquities, and Sahar Salim, a Professor of radiology at Cairo University. The latter specializes in scanning mummies.
In this case, we are talking about one of the two "screaming mummies" known to science. Its history began in 1881 when the secret and shared tomb of Deir El-Bahari was discovered near the city of Luxor. In this place, priests of the XXI and XXII dynasties hid the mummies of Royal families from grave robbers.
In this tomb, a mummy was discovered, called the "mummy of the screaming woman." She was buried in an unnatural crooked position. Her head is turned to one side, her mouth is open, and her face is distorted by a grimace of horror or pain.
A CT scan performed at the Egyptian Museum helped solve the mystery of her death. According to Hawass, the study showed that this woman died of a heart attack. Severe atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries led to sudden death. Scientists believe that the embalming process preserved the position of the body at the time of death.
"It seems that this "screaming woman" died suddenly when she was in her current body position - with her legs bent and crossed, her head turned to the right and her jaw hanging open," says Zahi Hawass. Perhaps the embalmers are simply not able to close her mouth and bring the body back to its normal position."
Scientists are still arguing about the identity of this mysterious woman. Inscriptions in ancient Egyptian were found on the linen bandages that wrapped the mummy. They read: "The king's daughter, the king's sister, Merit Amon."
However, the mummy is considered unknown, since there were many princesses with this name. For example, Egyptologists know Meret Amon, the daughter of Pharaoh Sekenenre of the end of the XVII dynasty (1558-1553 BC). Known and Meret Amon, the daughter of Pharaoh Ramesses II (1279-1213 BC) from the XIX dynasty. Therefore, this mummy was included in the catalog under the name "Unnamed Princess A."