The archaeologists presented their astonishing findings on April 28 in the Journal of Archaeological Science.
The study reads: “She came from the elite of Theban community and was carefully mummified, wrapped in fabrics, and equipped with a rich set of amulets.
“Closer examination has revealed that the woman died between 20 and 30 years of age together with the fetus in age between the 26th and 30th week of the pregnancy.
“This find is the only known case of an embalmed pregnant individual.”
Until recently, hieroglyph inscriptions on the mummy’s sarcophagus suggested the body belonged to the priest Hor-Djehuti.
Hor-Djehuti was a writer and official at Medinet Habu in Thebes, modern-day Luxor, where he acted as a priest to the Egyptian gods Horus and Thoth.
Archaeologists estimate the man lived between the second half of the first century BC and the first half of the first century AD.