THIS is the face of the 2,000-year-old Egyptian woman believed to be the world’s first pregnant mummy.
New technology has allowed researchers to reconstruct the face of the ancient woman – dubbed the “mysterious lady” – who appears to have died of cancer two millennia ago.
She is believed to be the world’s first documented pregnant mummy after remains of a fetus were found in her uterus.
dr Wojciech Ejsmond, an archaeologist from the Polish Academy of Sciences, said that people see mummies as curiosities, but helping to preserve the likeness of their dead was vital to the ancient Egyptians.
By digitally reconstructing their facial features, Ejsmond says, researchers can “rehumanize” data.
“People tend to forget that these were once-living people who had their own individual lives, loves, and tragedies,” said Dr. Ejsmond.
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The old woman is believed to have come from the city of Thebes – modern day Luxor – and her body was found sealed in a sarcophagus.
Her body was discovered in 1826 and brought to Warsaw, Poland from Egypt.
Interestingly, the sarcophagus belonged to a male priest – meaning the mysterious lady was sealed in someone else’s tomb.
Scans have revealed the woman was not only pregnant when she died, but also had deadly cancer.
According to the researcher websiteTests performed on the mummies at the research facility reveal health problems people may have suffered from when they lived nearly 2,000 years ago.
“The tests allow us to find out if there are any visible signs of health problems,” their website says.
“These tests can detect, for example, tumors, injuries and fractures, as well as metabolic, infectious, vascular and parasitic diseases.”
Deformities found behind the pregnant mummy’s eye suggest she may have died from a large tumor.
Researchers estimate the woman died at 28 weeks gestation and the fetus ‘lodged in her“Like an egg.
Some experts believe the so-called fetus found in her womb could be an embalming pack placed inside the body to replace organs during the mummification process.
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