X-ray of the head
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An X-ray of the head revealed a fracture at the back of the head.


But by far the most intriguing information revealed by the X-ray tests was the presence of a depression fracture in the occipital area (the back of the skull) along with what appeared to be remains of brain tissue in the same area.

The researchers concluded that this type of damage is consistent with an injury caused by a pointed object with a rectangular shape, and that the lack of any evidence of healing suggested that the injury was fatal. The remnant of brain tissue would also be consistent with this type of damage, although there was also evidence that the embalmers had gone through this area to remove the brain during the mummification process. Nevertheless, it seems likely that the individual had met a violent death.