The Discovery of the pregnant Egyptian mummy stunned Archaeological Science, as it is marked the first mummy mummified with a fetus. At first, archaeologists thought they were scanning the mummy of an ancient Egyptian priest named Hor-Djehuty. Then, in the body’s abdomen, images revealed what appeared to be the petite structure of a fetus who was fully developed. Polish Scientists Discover World’s First ‘Pregnant’ Egyptian Mummy.
The discovery was revealed in the Journal of Archaeological Science. Moreover, the Warsaw Mummy Project team said,
“While carrying out scans on the 2,000year-old remains kept at the National Museum in Warsaw, it was found that a mummy has a fetus in her abdomen.”
Scientists say they discovered the world’s first known pregnant mummy.
The 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy is in Poland, where scientists spotted a fetus in X-rays. They speculated it was not removed during embalming to “camouflage the pregnancy.”
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According to Marzena Ozarek-Szilke, an anthropologist and archaeologist at the University of Warsaw,
“My husband Stanislaw, an Egyptian archaeologist, and I looked at the X-ray images and noticed a familiar sight for parents of three children in the belly of the dead woman — a little foot!”
X-ray and CT scans of the mummy’s abdomen, revealing the fetus
The detailed analysis of the body reveals
“The whole fetus and it is believed the woman was between 20 and 30 years old and was 26-30 weeks pregnant. The mummy was previously thought to be a male priest but scans reveal it was a woman in the later stages of pregnancy. It is not known why the fetus was not taken out of the deceased during mummification. It may have speculated that something to do with afterlife beliefs or difficulties with removal. It opens up new possibilities of researching pregnancy in ancient times and practices related to maternity.”
The woman has been dubbed the ‘Mysterious Lady’
According to the Archeologists,
“She was found inside a sumptuous coffin of a male priest named Hor-Djehuti. After being recognized as female with scanning technology, it is believed the mummy was at some point placed in the wrong coffin by antiquity dealers during the 19th century when looting and re-wrapping of remains were common. The woman had been “carefully mummified”, which suggested she had “high social standing. One scan showed the woman had long curly hair down to her shoulders.”
Scientists are fortunately presumed to explore new possibilities of researching pregnancy in ancient times and observes facts related to motherhood.