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Is Ramses the Great Fake News? Looks Like It

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Troy Oakes
Troy was born and raised in Australia and has always wanted to know why and how things work, which led him to his love for science. He is a professional photographer and enjoys taking pictures of Australia's beautiful landscapes. He is also a professional storm chaser where he currently lives in Hervey Bay, Australia.

New archaeological evidence indicates that Pharaoh Ramses II may not have been the Ramses the Great we all thought he was. The archaeological evidence is from an Egyptian excavation 200 miles east of the Libyan border. With these new findings, it has helped bust the formidable reputation of one of the country’s most famous pharaohs.

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The unwrapped mummy of Ramses II. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The archaeologist believes that Egyptians who lived in the late Bronze Age fortress at Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham were at peace with their Libyan neighbors. This contradicts the widely held belief that Ramses was waging and winning fierce wars with his neighbors in Libya, Nubia, and the Near East.

According to Dr. Nicky Nielsen, from the University of Manchester and author of the study:

The evidence included 3,300-year-old sickle blades, hand stones, querns (simple hand mills for grinding corn), and cow bones, which indicate that the Egyptians were harvesting crops and raising cattle up to 8 km away from the protection of the fort, located deep in Libyan territory.

According to Dr. Nielsen:

Dr. Nielsen explained that the Egyptian’s enemy the Hittites had tricked the young king into fighting them, which led him to hastily endanger a division of his army. He was only able to escape after three other divisions of his army became involved, essentially rescuing him.

By the end of the battle, no territory had been gained; in fact, he had lost control of a large part of modern-day Syria. Dr. Nielsen added:

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