Researchers working on the Warsaw Mummy Project (Warsaw Mummy Interdisciplinary Research Project),

that is, doctoral PhD students from our University – Marzena Ożarek-Szilke, Kamila Braulińska and Wojciech Ejsmond – made an extraordinary discovery.

They discovered that the mummy from the collections of the University of Warsaw Museum (on loan to the National Museum in Warsaw) [MNW]) is the embalmed body of a pregnant woman! This is the only known example in the world!

According to the records, the mummy was allegedly discovered in the royal tombs in Thebes in Upper Egypt. However, this is not certain. We do know that it was in the possession of the University of Warsaw in 1826. It was transported in a sarcophagus that had been made for the Theban priest Hor-Djehuti, who lived in the 1st century BCE. At the time of her death the woman was aged between 20 and 30 years and in an advanced stage of pregnancy (between 26 and 30 weeks). Her mummy can now be found in the Gallery of Ancient Art at the National Museum in Warsaw, as are many of the other loans from the Warsaw University Museum which make up the main part of the exhibition devoted to Ancient Egypt.

The findings of the research on the mummy were published in the Journal of Archaeological Science and immediately became a worldwide sensation.

The discovery was reported by science and popular science portals (the Polish Academy of SciencesScience in PolandPhys.orgArchaeology, the Smithsonian Magazine, the Live Science, the National GeographicGizmodo), the national media in Poland (including TVP Info, Polsat, TVN), as well as: BBCGuardianNew York Times,The Washington PostSouth China Morning PostEuronews, Huffington PostVanity FairPeopleEl Pais (Spain), CNNCBSNBCFox23 NewsAustralian ABC televisionCanadian CTVIrish RTEPhilippine ABS-CBN, the agencies ReutersAssociated Press, the Xinhua News Agency (China), Sputnik and Interfax (Russia), China Internet Information CenterNasdaqthe New York PostThe Irish Timesthe Daily MailThe Jerusalem PostThe Times of Israel, Saudi-owned Al-ArabiyaCorriere della Sera, the USA Today, the National Post (Canada), The SunHürriyet Daily News (Turkey), RTL (Germany and Netherlands), RAI (Italy), Indiatimes.comHindustan TimesThe Tribune (India), Dawn (Pakistan), the Toronto StarExpressLa Croix (France), Bild (Germany), Le Matin (Switzerland), Aftonbladet (Sweden), the San Francisco ChronicleThe Seattle TimesBusiness InsiderDesignboom,  MSNYahooNewsweek (US), U.S.News & World ReportFrance24 (France);  the GermanSwissAustrianLuxembourgCzechChilean and Singapore press; ArabicUkrainianArmenianMexicanThaiBrazilianHong KongKoreanJapaneseBangladeshiIndian and American local media outlets such as Cincinnati Local12WSB-TV (Atlanta), 104.5WOKV (Florida) plus many, many others.

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