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This ancient Egyptian pharaoh met a gruesome end, scans reveal

With the help of a computerized tomography scanner, scientists may have figured out how an ancient pharaoh met his demise. The imaging reveals that Pharaoh Seqenenre Taa II, who ruled about 3500 years ago, died from multiple blows to the head, caused by different weapons, while having his hands tied on his back, The Scientist reports. The researchers believe the ruler was killed after being captured in battle, they report in Frontiers in Medicine. History suggests Seqenenre Taa II was likely trying to liberate their kingdom from the Hyksos, Semitic people who gained a foothold in Egypt during the time. In fact, the team matched five weapons used by the Hyksos with his wounds. The authors believe the violent killing may have further motivated the pharaoh’s successors to reunite Egypt, resulting in the New Kingdom period between the 16th century and 11th century B.C.E.

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