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Egyptian mummy was a pregnant woman, not a male priest

The researchers said it's the world’s first known case of such a well-preserved ancient mummy of a pregnant woman.

4/30/2021 11:04:00 AM

The researchers said it's the world’s first known case of such a well-preserved ancient mummy of a pregnant woman.

Polish researchers examining an Egyptian mummy in Warsaw that was believed to be a male priest were surprised when X-rays and computer tests revealed the mummy was that of a woman who had been seven months pregnant

Egypt unveils ancient funerary templeThe temple is located south of Cairo and contains coffins that date back some 3,000 years.Warsaw Mummy Project/AFP via Getty ImagesWARSAW, Poland -- Polish researchers examining an ancient Egyptian mummy that they expected to be a male priest were surprised when X-rays and computer tests revealed instead it was a mummy of a woman who had been seven months pregnant.

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The researchers said Thursday it's the world’s first known case of such a well-preserved ancient mummy of a pregnant woman.The mummy arrived in Warsaw in 1826 and the inscription on the coffin named a male priest. No examination until the current one had disproved the belief that it was a male.

Warsaw Mummy Project/AFP via Getty ImagesArchaeologists view X-Ray images of the pregnant Egyptian mummy on Dec. 15, 2015, at a medical center near Warsaw, Poland.“Our first surprise was that it has no penis, but instead it has breasts and long hair, and then we found out that it's a pregnant woman,” Marzena Ozarek-Szilke, an anthropologist and archeologist, told The Associated Press. “When we saw the little foot and then the little hand (of the fetus), we were really shocked,”

They estimated the woman was between 20 and 30 years old and said the size of the baby's skull suggested she was 26 to 28 weeks pregnant.Their findings from the Warsaw Mummy Project of years of tests on this and other mummies at Warsaw’s National Museum were published this week in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Warsaw Mummy Project/AFP via Getty ImagesHandout images made available by the"Warsaw Mummy Project" show X-Ray images of the pregnant Egyptian mummy taken in 2015 at a medical center near Warsaw, Poland.“This is our most important and most significant finding so far, a total surprise,” team member Wojciech Ejsmond of the Polish Academy of Sciences told the AP. “It opens possibilities of learning about pregnancy and treatment of complications in ancient times.”

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Are big tummies associated with priests? Can these people just let the dead rest in peace! And some of you wonder why humanity is in a bad place. Why are we opening 3,000 year old coffins?! That shit is cursed!!! Leave them alone! A mummy mummy?😁 Could have been a pregnant male priest ahead of his time. Egyptian scholars are playing with the Pharaohs, the nation of Moses, the nation of Joseph, and ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, she must be returned to her grave, perhaps the curse will befall us soon

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