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Representational image of a screaming mummy.	Source:	Sailko/CC BY 3.0

The Chilling Tale of the Screaming Mummy (Video)


The year was 1886 when Egyptologist Gaston Maspero unearthed the remains of what would later be known as Unknown Man E, a chilling discovery that sent ripples through the world of archaeology. Nestled among the illustrious royal mummies near the Valley of the Kings, this enigmatic figure stood out for its lack of customary identification, shrouding its origins in a veil of mystery. Wrapped in unconventional sheepskin, a stark departure from the customary linen wrappings, the mummification process appeared rushed, hinting at a hurried burial or a clandestine demise.

Scholars and historians have since delved into the depths of ancient records and scientific analysis, piecing together fragments of evidence to unravel the enigma of Unknown Man E. Compelling clues point to a possible association with Prince Pentawere, a central figure in the political intrigue of Pharaoh Ramesses III's reign. The haunting expression frozen on the mummy's face, etched in eternal agony, has sparked a myriad of theories regarding his demise, ranging from foul play to supernatural curses.

Yet, amidst the speculation and conjecture, a more prosaic explanation emerges: postmortem jaw slackening, a natural occurrence that lent the impression of a perpetual scream frozen in time. Despite this revelation, the allure of Unknown Man E remains undiminished, captivating the imagination of scholars and enthusiasts alike. As the sands of time continue to shift, the mystery surrounding this ancient relic serves as a poignant reminder of the unfathomable depths of Egypt's storied past, beckoning us to unravel its secrets and decode its whispered secrets from millennia past.

Top image: Representational image of a screaming mummy. Source: Sailko/CC BY 3.0              

By Robbie Mitchell



The video is unfortunately very flippant and unserious.

Anyway, a DNA test of the mummy of Ramesses III (who was murdered, the mummy exists) and Man E, would establish familial relationship. Why they haven’t bothered to do this despite all the attention and speculation is itself a mystery. 

The similarity to “The Scream” of E. Munch is remarkable.

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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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