Tutankamen is known for stealing the show. Other mummies, on the other hand, have incredible stories to tell. A youngster dressed as a hawk and a priest carrying a baby in his coffin is among the characters. While a Persian princess almost tricked the world, a mummy named Alex offers a sobering message for modern civilization (she was something else entirely). Here are the best-untold stories from the dead, varying from the strange to the homicidal.
10.The Hidden Baby
Peder Winstrup was buried at Sweden's Lund Cathedral in 1679. He had been a powerful bishop in this prior life. In death, his body is one of the most well-preserved 17th-century bodies. Researchers were shocked to discover a baby nestled up under the bishop's knees when they sought to inspect him more thoroughly. It was standard practice at the time to bury newborns with adults. But the issue lingered for a long time: why was the child sent to this specific bishop? The only thing researchers knew about the infant was that he was a male and that he had been stillborn. DNA testing in 2021 found that the two shared 25% of their genetics. It was apparent from Winstrup's family records that the youngster was neither his nephew, cousin, or half-brother. While there was no indication of the bishop's son's children, Winstrup's genealogical records did not rule out the possibility of a grandchild. This family resemblance may explain why the two were buried together.
9.The Mummified Nests
A fire prompted a surprising discovery in Panama City. The Catedral Basílica Santa María la Antigua was destroyed by fire in 1875. The altarpiece was fixed with gold leaf throughout the restoration procedure. The workmen who installed the gold were completely unaware that they had sealed in many beehives. Another repair crew uncovered the now-mummified nests after 150 years. The bees were astonishingly well maintained. This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for experts to study a shy species. The bees, known as Eufriesea surinamensis, are famed for their rainbow-like faces and females who reside in extremely well-hidden nests. In addition, the bees collected enough pollen to depict the ecology 150 years ago. The insects ate 48 different plants and blooms, including a tea mangrove, which is no longer found in Panama City.
8.Alex Wasn’t On Keto
A guy died in ancient Egypt some 2,200 years ago. His name did not survive, but his profession did, due to the writings on his coffin. Alex, the mummy's moniker, appeared to have been a priest. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem scanned Alex and discovered something unexpected. The priest ate a lot of carbohydrates, sat too much, and stayed out of the sun as much as possible. Sedentary behavior is thought to be a modern phenomenon, but Alex demonstrated that ancient people were also couch potatoes at home. His way of living cost him a lot of money. Alex got serious heart illness and osteoporosis, which reduced his height to 1.5 meters (5 feet). Alex was around 30 to 40 years old when he died, a young age for someone of high standing in the ancient world.
7.Mysterious Age Progression
Mummies were given a loving touch by certain Egyptians between the first and third century AD. They painted an image of the dead on the exterior (where the person's head would be) after wrapping the body. Researchers were never sure if the portraits were authentic representations of the deceased or just random art. One picture mummy was chosen for facial repair in the year 2020. The remains belonged to a little kid who died when he was three or four years old, most likely from pneumonia. His face was digitally rebuilt after software scanned his skull. After that, the youngster was compared to his portrait. Except for one peculiar element, the digital boy and the photograph matched. In the artwork, the artist made him appear considerably older for whatever reason. Since this was the first time a picture mummy was reconstructed, it's unclear whether this was standard procedure, a specific request from the family, or an artist taking artistic license with the facts.
6.The Hawk That Was Something Else
One of the human mummies at the Maidstone Museum in England was scanned in 2018. After then, another mummy's life was forever affected by an imprudent decision. While they were working on the scanner, the crew decided to have a look at some of the museum's mummified creatures for the first time. A hawk was one of the animals they picked. The museum has long assumed that the bird was once a beloved pet. The body was meticulously mummified, and the case was ornately adorned with hawk imagery. The skeleton of the mummy, however, was not that of a bird when it was scanned. The bones appeared to be those of a monkey at first, but the reality soon became apparent. It was a human infant with a deformity. The kid was anencephalic, which caused his death shortly after delivery. It was almost as if the brain didn't exist. The youngster also lacked the majority of his skull and never closed his spine. He had a cleft palate and lip as well. Children were buried in pots in ancient Egypt. The burial of the kid defied custom. He was respected and cared for. But it's unknown why he wasn't buried in a traditional pot, which was rare at the period.
5.Takabuti’s Death Solved
Takabuti was the first Egyptian mummy to arrive in Ireland. Takabuti was the daughter of a priest, according to the hieroglyphics on her coffin, which she arrived in 1834. When she died in 660 BC, she was married and in her twenties. However, the question remained unanswered. What caused her death at such a young age? Takabuti had DNA tested and scanned in current times. Both revealed surprises. Her DNA tests revealed that she was more closely linked to Europeans than to current Egyptians. Takabuti was assaulted from behind and viciously stabbed to death, according to the scans. Aside from this unfortunate revelation, she was also discovered to have two uncommon diseases. Takabuti was missing a vertebrate as well as a tooth.
4.More Clues About A Pharaoh’s Death
Seqenenre Taa II is a pharaoh about whom a lot is known. A devastating conflict with the Hyksos, who held Egypt, was at the heart of his rule. On the battlefield, his son and heir perished, but no one knew how the pharaoh perished. The mummy of Seqenenre Taa II was unearthed in 1886. His head had a horrible gaping wound across the forehead, and his body smelt awful. This indicated that he was slain in a premeditated attack and embalmed quickly. Injuries were shown to be higher in 2021, according to a recent study. Seqenenre Taa II received injuries to his nose, cheekbones, and above the right eye, in addition to the 7-centimeter (2.75-inch) cut across his forehead. At the base of his neck, the pharaoh had also been stabbed. He might have been tied up because he had no defensive wounds on his arms. He was kneeling when he was encircled and slaughtered with weapons like axes, swords, and blunt items, according to the angle of the wounds. Seqenenre Taa II was arrested and executed on the battlefield, according to the method of his death. If this is the case, then the "legends" of pharaohs fighting in the trenches alongside their troops were genuine in the instance of Seqenenre Taa II.
3.The Unexpected Head Shot
A notable dodo may be found at Oxford's Natural Museum. The bird is the only extinct member of its genus that still possesses soft tissue. Researchers examined the dodo's mummified head in the hopes of learning more about the bird's evolution—and discovered lead pellets stuck in the skull. During the 1600s, the dodo was waddling around when a hunter approached it from behind and shot it in the head. On their home island of Mauritius, dodos were persecuted relentlessly. As a result, the findings may not appear strange at all. But it was the alleged history of the Oxford specimen that made the photo so startling. The bird was residing in London, according to an eyewitness. Why was it shot? It was retained as a public curiosity. Perhaps the eyewitness tale was falsified, and the bird was already dead before it landed in the United Kingdom. However, if the dodo was shot down in Mauritius, it raises a new set of questions. When no one could mummify the corpse, how was it kept for the long travel back to Britain?
2.The Pregnant Mummy
The University of Warsaw welcomed a fresh Egyptian mummy in the nineteenth century. They were ecstatic to learn that the person was important. The exquisite casket carried a priest named Hor-Djehuty, according to the inscription on it. However, there was a lot of dishonesty in the "mummy trade" back in the day. A switcheroo was a common tactic used by sellers. They'd find a mummy, any mummy, and put it in a coffin to sell. Many of these con artists have been exposed as a result of recent scans and investigations. Hor-Djehuty’s remains were x-rayed in 2016, confirming the University's greatest concerns. The corpse belonged to an unknown lady, not the priest. Any disappointment faded as soon as the baby was spotted. The scan revealed that the lady was 6 or 7 months pregnant, and the baby was not removed during mummification for some unfathomable reason. The woman is still the world's lone pregnant mother.
1.The Broken Body
Pakistani authorities apprehended numerous persons who attempted to sell a mummy in the year 2000. The stolen relic was transported to Karachi's National Museum, and a press conference soon followed, revealing that the body belonged to a Persian princess who died in 600 BC. Because the discovery was so uncommon, Iran and Pakistan argued over who held the royal mummies. Then the fairytale discovery began to crumble. There were grammatical errors in the inscription on her breastplate, which betrayed her name and family. Her name was also a warning sign. Rhodugune was her name, which was more Greek than Persian. The reed mat under the body was just 50 years old as well.
Experts were concerned that it was just another random old mummy decorated with fake royal attire to get a greater price. The truth was much weirder. The woman was not in her eighties. She died from a fractured neck in 1996. Her spine had also been shattered by a blunt object. A lot of questions remain unsolved. Who was she, exactly? Who mummified her body and What happened on the day she passed away?
Aren't you shocked to learn that mummies contained so many miracles? You are, without a doubt! Consider the high-quality preservatives employed in the mummy preservation procedure. Hundreds of years ago, preservations were carried out, and they are still practiced in the same state now. However, there have been some adjustments. The majesty of the mummies, on the other hand, is worth noting and appreciating.
Robert Clarke from UK on June 24, 2021: