May 3

When the baby was first discovered, the baby was embalmed in its mother’s body

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The young Egyptian woman became pregnant as soon as she was mummified. The baby was not taken out as usual, but embalmed with the mother, becoming a small mummy just inside her mother’s body.

The first pregnant mummy was discovered – Photo: Polish Academy of Sciences

Archaeologists X-rayed a 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy and discovered the shocking detail: a quite large fetus inside the girl’s body.

According to an article published in the Journal of Archeology Science, the mummy is a woman only about 20 years old, pregnant from 26 to 30 weeks, then dies. “This finding is the only known case of a mummified pregnant woman,” said Dr Wojciech Ejsmond from the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The big question here is why the fetus was not taken out and mummified separately like any other stillbirth preserved by the Egyptians. In this case, the fetus becomes a second mummy in a woman’s body. Researchers believe that the mummies at that time considered the baby as an indispensable part of the mother, so they embalmed them together.

Acient Origins said the mummy, unearthed from the Royal Mausoleum of the ancient city of Thebes, may have belonged to an elite member of society. She is very carefully marinated, wrapped in white cloth and decorated with a unique amulet.

Image of a mummy baby in the mother’s womb – Photo: Polish Academy of Sciences

The amulets are circular jars characteristic of Horus’ four sons, hidden inside the wraps that accompany the mummy.

Egyptian pregnant women were unearthed in the 1800s, identified as dating back to the 1st century BC. The mummy is currently on display at the National Museum of Ancient Art (Poland).

This is a valuable discovery because it can help archaeologists more clearly study pregnancy in ancient times, explore the fetal gut to collect the development of the ancient immune system … Some ancient medical procedures can also leave a mark on the mother and baby’s body.


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