‘The Mysterious Lady’s’ Cause Of Death Has Been Discovered After 2000 Years

The mystery of how an Egyptian mummy, known as ‘The Mysterious Lady’, died as been solved, more than 2,000 years after she died.

The mummy, who was known to be between 26-30 weeks’ pregnant at the time of her passing, was discovered in the early 1800s in the royal tombs in Thebe, and she lived in the first century BC. While her age had been determined to be between 20 and 30, until now, how she died had been unclear.

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But Polish researchers working on the Warsaw Mummy Project, autopsied the mummy’s skull and scanned it. The scan uncovered certain marks on the inside of the skull, likely caused by a tumour, which are similar to those found in people who have nasopharyngeal cancer – leading them to conclude that this is what killed her.

Nasopharyngeal cancer attacks the throat, specifically, the part that connects the nose and the back of the mouth.

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Professor Rafal Stec, who works in the department of oncology at Medical University of Warsaw, said the lesions on the bones are not commonly found in bodies that have been mummified. He added that radiologists confirmed the possibility of bones being changed by the tumour.

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The Mysterious Lady is usually on display at Warsaw’s National Museum, having been moved to Poland in 1826. She is unusual as she was mummified with the baby still in utero, which hasn’t happened with other pregnant mummies that have been discovered. Experts are unsure as to why this was the case, possibly because the baby hadn’t been born.