The Mystery of the Mummified Bishop and the Fetus in His Coffin

For years, the identity of the mummified fetus buried with bishop Peder Winstrup eluded researchers, but advancements in ancient DNA analysis have finally put these queries to rest; the child was his grandson. Although ancient DNA can’t tell us who did it and why, it was speculated the stillborn was preserved and later buried with the bishop so that he may “shepherd the child to the afterlife”, as unbaptized children were considered unable to enter Heaven.
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