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According to experts, the discovery of the “pregnancy” of the mummy was the result of an illusion caused by the phenomenon of pareidolia – the perception of an image or meaning where it actually is not. pregnant Egyptian mummy, writes The First News.
In past studies, experts found that the mummy was a pregnant woman who, during her lifetime, was 26-30 weeks pregnant. The woman was of high status and was between 20 and 30 years old when she died in the 1st century BC. Cause of death unknown.
However, University of Warsaw Egyptologist Kamila Braulinska and her team disagree with past research findings regarding the mummy's pregnancy. Therefore, they decided to conduct a separate image analysis of the reconstructed pelvic contents and compare it with the results of studies of ancient Egyptian fetuses. So they came to the conclusion that in fact the contents of the mummy's belly were not a fetus, but 4 bundles that ancient embalmers placed there.
The researchers said that despite last year's X-rays and CT scans showing what looked like a fetus, the scientists made a mistake due to a computer illusion and misinterpretation of the CT scan.
“In fact, instead of a fetus, there were 4 bundles, which most likely contain at least one mummified organ of the deceased. This practice was very popular among the ancient Egyptians,” the scientists noted.
However, Egyptologists are considering another option. It is possible that the embalmers placed bundles in the mummies to maintain the shape of the body after the mummification process.
According to Braulinskaya, in the last study, scientists did not consult a radiologist before publication, although their conclusions were based on medical radiographs and CT scans. .
Moreover, experts note, the discovery of the mummy's “pregnancy” was the result of an illusion caused by a phenomenon known as pareidolia, the natural human desire to see familiar objects in random shapes.
Other researchers who dispute the pregnancy of the mummy are radiologist Lukasz Kownatsky, who performed a tomographic study of the mummy and created its first three-dimensional images, Dorota Ignatowicz-Wozniakowska, chief restorer of the National Museum in Warsaw, and Maria Kurpik, senior conservator-restorer of the National Museum in Warsaw.
“Due to the phenomenon of pareidolia and the lack of consultation with an expert in radiology, this discovery caused only the effect of a global sensation, and not a reliable scientific study,” conclude la Braulinskaya.
Meanwhile, scientists from the previous study, who announced the pregnancy of the mummy, maintain their position and do not confirm the information of Braulinskaya and her team.