The headline of this linked article, “The Mysterious Case of the Body-Swapping Pregnant Mummy”, also serves as the title of possibly the greatest movie that was never made, don’t you think?
You’ve probably seen the reports in the news. A mummy, formerly believed to be that of a male, a priest named Hor-Djehuti, is actually a female, and a pregnant one at that. The mummy is the only one in the world, the only case of a pregnant woman having been mummified. (The practice may have happened more than that, but none of those mummies, if they exist, have been discovered.) The mummy is now officially known as “The Mysterious Lady of the National Museum” and resides in Warsaw, Poland. She was in her 20s when she died and around thirty weeks or so pregnant. Treasures interred with her suggest she was someone of important rank, but otherwise her identity and real name are unknown. The experts hope to be able to determine her cause of death, at least, by continued examination of tissue from the mummy. “It is exciting that non-invasive technologies can help us to understand better the…unfortunate death of a pregnant woman who lived 2,000 years ago”, one expert said.
It is also unknown, and will likely remain unknown, why the people who performed the mummification process on the woman chose to leave the fetus in place, when the internal organs of mummies are typically removed.