When scientists opened the bishop’s coffin after 336 years, they discovered he wasn’t alone.
— Clapway (@Clapway) June 22, 2015
Most of us think we know all there is to know about mummies, but this latest discovery in a tomb of Sweden’s Lund Cathedral shocked even the experts.
Recently, scientists from Lund University opened the coffin of the 17th-century Bishop Peder Winstrup to study the magnificently-preserved mummy. Although Winstrup died in 1679, his corpse was naturally dried and preserved on a bed of juniper, wormwood, hops, and other herbs, which helped to perfectly preserve both the bishop and the clothes he was laid to rest in. His is said to be one of the best examples of a European mummy from this time period.
Although this wasn’t the first time Winstrup’s coffin was studied, a CT scan revealed something that had never been caught before: the remains of a small child, deliberately hidden under the bishop’s feet.
The team of researchers in Lund believe that the child was born prematurely after only five or six months, dying shortly thereafter. Since such a body would normally not have merited a Christian burial, scientists have assumed that someone involved in the mummification process snuck the baby’s remains into the bishop’s coffin. Now, experts will apply modern tests to identify whether Winstrup and the child are related.
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— Philippe Charlier (@doctroptard) April 12, 2015
What they found inside of this mummy’s coffin shocked even the experts…