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Were Egyptian Pharaohs as Mighty as They Seemed?

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Grand depictions of pharaohs in battle show rulers that were epically violent and powerful. But were these images truthful or merely idealized? These researchers used forensics to find out.

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One of the mummies inside the Cairo Museum's Royal Mummy Room is not like the others. Among the meticulously preserved remains of Egyptian pharaohs and queens lies the corpse of Seqenenre Tao, whose mummification was hurried and incomplete. His face is brutally injured and his hands are horribly contorted. Who was this man, and what on earth happened to him? We use modern forensic techniques to examine this 3,000-year-old forgotten pharaoh and reveal the probable cause of his death.

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