For over a century, a mummy known as the “screaming man” has remained one of the most intriguing mysteries of ancient Egypt. In 1886, the body was first examined by Victorian examiners, who were struck by the expensive cedar wood coffin in which it was buried, despite being completely unmarked. With no name to allow entry into the afterlife, the screaming man’s identity has remained unknown ever since.
However, recent advances in forensic science and historical research have led to new theories and discoveries that shed light on the mystery. Some experts now believe that the screaming man could be the son of Pharaoh Ramesses III, killed as part of a palace coup. Others suggest that the humble burial indicate he died in disgrace. With new evidence and technology, experts are closer than ever to unraveling the secrets behind this mysterious figure.
Top image: Representational image of a screaming mummy (Sailko / CC BY 3.0)