- Scientists have revealed the first known specimen of a mummified pregnant woman.
- The mummy was thought to be the first male priest due to the inscription on the coffin.
- “We were shocked,” said one scientist leading a project in Warsaw, Poland.
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Scientists were “shocked” to find that the mummies they previously thought were male priests were pregnant women.
The mummy scan revealed that the mummy was the first case of a drug-rich pregnancy, according to researchers at the Warsaw Mummy Project in Poland.
The project posted a photo of the scan in a Facebook post.
Marzena Ozarek-Szilke An anthropologist and archaeologist at the University of Warsaw told the Associated Press she was “surprised”; to see scans suggesting the body had breasts and no penis.
“When we saw little feet and little hands [of the fetus]We were shocked, ”she said.
The researchers estimated that the unnamed mummy was between the ages of 20 and 30 when she died and most likely in her second trimester.
She likely came from an elite community, the scientists said in the study, judging by her being carefully mummified, wrapped in a cloth and wrapped in an amulet.
The BBC reported that the four bundles in the abdomen of an unnamed woman were previously thought to be embalmed.
The findings were published Wednesday in the Journal of Archeological Science.
The mummified remains of the woman are believed to have been first excavated from the Royal Cemetery where Thebes once stood before being moved to the Warsaw National Museum in Poland in 1826.
Earlier, the inscription on the coffin led scientists to believe the mummy was a male priest named Hor-Djehuty, who lived between the 1st century BCE and the 1st century BC, the Warsaw Mummy Project said in a Facebook post.
It is unclear why the fetus was not removed from the woman’s body prior to the dong, the BBC reported.
The findings could provide clues to the role of pregnancy and childbirth in ancient Egypt.
Thebes, a town on the Nile River, on an area that became Luxor today is often referred to as “Open air museum” due to the many ruins and archaeological discoveries.
In 2019, 30 ancient coffins were unearthed, where Thebes once stood, with perfectly preserved mummies inside of Morgan McFall-Johnsen. From the insider’s report