The mysterious heartbeat of a 2,300-year-old mummy unveiled

Thursday, 10/08/2023, 17:56 (GMT+7)

Despite the mummy being dry, it still maintains the same heart rate as a living person.

You've probably come across social media posts discussing an ancient Egyptian mummy with a "heartbeat" or a "pacemaker" made of radioactive black crystal. But what is the true story behind this seemingly implausible claim?

The mystery revolves around a tattooed mummy, whose heart is believed to have miraculously continued beating, likely belonging to a woman of high-ranking or elite status. Mustafa el Waziri, the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said that  the mummy was likely a woman who lived between 1300 and 1070 BC and died at the age of 25 to 34. 

Despite her deteriorating skin, approximately thirty tattoos remained visible across her neck, back, arms, and shoulders. The woman might have been a participant in divine and magical rituals, as suggested by a 2014 report from the French Institute of Eastern Archaeology (IFAO).

The mysterious heartbeat of a 2,300-year-old mummy unveiled 1
Despite the mummy being dry, it still maintains the same heart rate as a living person.

During the study, the team encountered a puzzling revelation concerning the recently discovered mummy. To their astonishment, they detected mummy's heart was beating. As they approached, experts were taken aback by the audible heartbeat. With utmost care, they traced the source of the sound.

After identifying the source, they transferred the mummies to a Cairo hospital, assembling a team of experts to conduct a thorough examination. Through this process, they uncovered the reason behind the mummy's heartbeat-like emissions, despite being preserved for over 2,500 years. It emerged that an pacemaker device had been embedded within the mummy's body. This device was crafted from a rare black crystal. While the majority of crystals found on Earth are either white or pink, black ones are exceedingly rare and coveted. The presence of this black crystal emitted radiation towards the heart, generating vibrations that simulated the sound and frequency of a human heartbeat. Astonishingly, this object continued to beat even though the heart of a mummy that had long turned dry.

This unparalleled discovery has unveiled a captivating chapter in ancient Egyptian history, hinting at the existence of a wizard or healer who possessed knowledge and technology far ahead of their era. The mummy with the beating heart and tattooed body challenges our understanding of the ancient world and inspires us to uncover the mysteries of the tombs of the Pharaohs.