Before artificial mummification in ancient Egypt, the Egyptians buried their dead in simple oval-shaped graves. The above picture is of the Gebelein Man.

As you can see, the body is extremely well preserved. The natural mummification of the body is due to the extreme dryness of the sands that he was buried in. He wasn’t wrapped in bandages, his organs were not removed and he wasn’t embalmed in oils.

He died around 5,500 years ago. He is in the fetal position, as is common in most early cultures’ burials. This position is often thought to resemble the same position we come into this world as babies, hunched up with our legs tucked up by our chest.

Ancient cultures emulated this position as it reflects the birth process, completing the circle of life and death.

Examination of his body revealed that he was probably between 18 and 20 when he died.

This is where it gets sinister. A small cut above his left shoulder blade is indicative of a fatal stab wound - probably caused by a copper blade.

CT Scans show that the blade was struck with such force that it shattered the rib directly underneath - likely puncturing his lung which led to his death.

The lack of defensive wounds and scar tissue indicate that he was attacked suddenly and from behind.

An ancient murder of a man who lived thousands of years before the Pyramid of Giza existed.