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A 17th Century Bishop Was Mysteriously Buried With a Fetus. We Finally Know Why

2021-04-09 03:07:55

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A 17th Century Bishop Was Mysteriously Buried With a Fetus. We Finally Know Why

Bishop of Lund Peder Pedersen Winstrup, of the Churches of Sweden and Denmark, died in 1679. An important and well-respected man, his body was mummified and laid to rest in a family vault in Lund Cathedral. Apart from the exceptional preservation of his remains, nothing seemed unusual about his death or burial. In 2012, when a decision was made to move Winstrup's coffin, scientists leapt at the chance to study his remains. That's when they found it - the tiny corpse of a fetus, stillborn at no more than five or six months gestation, tucked carefully behind and between the bishop's...

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