Friday, November 11, 2011

Amazing facts-Ming Dynasty Mummy found in China

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved, 700-year-old, body of a woman inside a stone coffin in China. The coffin was found on a building site in Taizhou, in eastern China's Jiangsu Province. The coffin was one of the three discovered in a tomb two metres underground on a construction site in the city.

Researchers from the Taizhou Museum carefully opened the coffins. In two they found skeletons, Ming Dynasty clothes and funerary objects. However, in the third they found the well
preserved body of a woman.

The 5-foot-long corpse was tightly wrapped in cerecloth (heavy wax-treated linen cloth used for burying the dead), quilt and clothes.

The corpse has complete skin and clearly recognizable facial features, hair and even eyelashes

During their investigations members of the Taizhou museum team found a number of funerary objects, including a gem ring, a silver hairpin and more than 20 pieces of cotton clothing from the time of the Ming.

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