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Now, almost 130 years later, it is believed that the “screaming man” can be identified.
With the use of contemporary documents, x-rays, CT scanning and facial reconstruction, scientists are convinced that the man is Prince Pentewere, elder son of Rameses III.
Dr Susan Redford, an Egyptologist from Pennsylvania State University, points out that an ancient papyrus scroll details a plot by Tiy, the wife of Rameses III, to dethrone her husband in favor of their son, even though he was not the nominated heir.
'The scroll tells us that the coup was very quickly discovered and the plotters brought to trial,' she explained. "They were sentenced to death, but the papyrus also tells us that Pentewere was spared this fate. Perhaps because of his royal status he was allowed to commit suicide.” Most probably with poison.