Researchers studying the ancient Egyptian mummy believed that they were looking at the body of a male priest. Instead, they were shocked to discover that the body was in fact a woman who was seven months pregnant at the time of her death.
According to a new study in the Journal of Archaeological Science, X-rays և computer tests have finally revealed the true identity of the mummy, showing the small arms and legs of the fetus. Researchers in Poland say this is the first known case of a well-preserved mummified pregnant woman.
The mummy originated in BC. In the first century CE,: it is believed to have come from the royal tombs in Thebes, Upper Egypt. It first arrived in Warsaw in 1826.
An inscription on the coffin stated that he was a male priest named Hor-Yas Yehud,, no other research has shown otherwise. However, mummies often do not match their coffins due to confusion during the robbery.
“Our first surprise was that it did not have a penis, but instead had breasts, long hair, and then we found out it was a pregnant woman,” archaeologist and archaeologist Marzena Ozarek-Silke told the Associated Press. “When we saw the little leg and then the little arm, we were really shocked.”
Investigators believe the woman died between the ages of 20 and 30. The size of the baby’s skull suggested that she was 26-28 weeks pregnant. The cause of death is unknown.
The woman was very carefully mummified, wrapped in cloth, buried with many amulets, offering a high social position. He was buried with other items, but researchers say the tomb was partially looted in the 1800s.
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“First of all, it is unknown who he was,” the researchers wrote. “His mummy is a great example of ancient Egyptian embalming skills, thus hinting at his high social status.”
The pattern sheds new light on ancient burial customs around pregnancy. Researchers say that the mummy expands the habits of pregnancy studies and burials associated with ancient motherhood.
“This is our most important, most significant discovery to date, a complete surprise,” Wojciech Eismond, a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences team, told the AP. “It opens up opportunities to learn about pregnancy, to treat complications in ancient times.”
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