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Mummy of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao (Public Domain)

Why Was This Pharaoh’s Face Mutilated? (Video)

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The mystery surrounding the mutilated face of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao has puzzled historians and Egyptologists for centuries. Discovered in a hidden network of tunnels, Seqenenre Tao burial alongside illustrious Pharaohs like Ramses the Great and Seti the First highlights his significance in the ancient Egyptian lineage. What sets Seqenenre Tao apart is the shocking condition of his mummy. The face exhibits severe distortions, with the nose, eyes, and the bridge of the nose all bearing violent injuries. Dr. Richard Shepherd, a renowned forensic pathologist, examined the mummy and identified two fatal axe wounds on Seqenenre Tao head, which are likely the result of a violent battle.

The presence of such injuries raises intriguing questions. Why would a Pharaoh, considered a pivotal figure in ancient Egypt, be exposed to the dangers of battle? The answer remains elusive, but understanding the circumstances of his death is crucial in unraveling the enigma surrounding his life. The story of Seqenenre Tao, with its mutilated face and heroic demise, adds a layer of complexity to the rich tapestry of ancient Egyptian history. It challenges our perceptions of Pharaohs and their roles in a world where battles and mysteries were far more enigmatic than we might imagine.

Top image: Mummy of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao (Public Domain)

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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