A team of Polish scientists say they have discovered an embalmed Egyptian mummy. This is the only discovery of its kind.
The discovery was made by researchers at the Warsaw Mummy Project, according to an article published in the Journal of Archaeological Science on Thursday. The project, which began in 2015, uses technology to examine artifacts housed in the National Museum in Warsaw. At first it was thought to be the mummy of a male priest, but the scan revealed that it was the mummy of a woman who was in the last stages of pregnancy.
Experts at the project believe it was the remains of a woman in her 20’s and 30’s who belonged to a noble family who died during the first century BC. Announcing his discovery in an article published in the journal, he wrote: “Here is the first example of a mummy of an embalmed pregnant woman and the first radiological images of such a fetus.” From the circumference of the fetus’ head, they estimated that when the mother died of unknown causes, she would be between 26 and 30 weeks old.
“This is our most important and meaningful discovery ever,” Wehkek Edgemond, a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences team, told the Associated Press.Four bundles emerged from inside the mother’s womb in which the organs were believed to have been embedded, but scientists say the fetus was not removed from the uterus. Scientists say it is not clear why it was not removed and isolated, but they believe it may be related to later life or difficulties in extracting it.
Researchers at the Mummy Project have named her the “Mysterious Woman” of the National Museum in Warsaw because of various secrets about her. He says Mummy’s remains were first donated to the University of Warsaw in 1826. The giver claimed that the mummy was found in the royal tomb of Thebes, but researchers say that in the nineteenth century, in order to increase the value of antiquities, they were falsely attributed to famous places.
20th-century experts were forced to believe that it contained the mummy of a male priest named Hor Jehoti. But now, with the help of scanning technology, scientists have identified it as the mummy of a woman who was locked in a false coffin by antiquities sellers during the 19th century.
According to the researchers, the mummy is very “safe in good condition”, but the damage to the fabric around her neck indicates that this was done by a search for valuables at some point. Experts say at least 15 items, including an “expensive set” of amulet-like amulets, have been found wrapped inside the mummy.
Dr Marzina Ozarik Silke, one of the project’s researchers, told Poland’s state news agency that her husband had previously seen a “small foot” during a scan. He said the team hopes to retrieve some tissue from Mimi’s body and determine the cause of death of the embalmed woman.
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