A 700-year-old mummy was accidentally found in the city of Taizhou, Jiangsu Province by Chinese road workers. This female corpse was believed to be at highly social rank from the Ming Dynasty (the ruling power in China between 1368 and 1644). The mummy was discovered two meters below the road surface and well preserved from her head to her shoes.
Some archaeologists working at Museum of Taizhou excavated the area and felt surprised at remarkably good condition of the woman's skin, hair, eyelashes and face. Her body, which measures 1.5 meters high, was immersed in a brown liquid inside the coffin.
The group of archaeologists from the Museum of Taizhou are opening the wooden tomb
They lift the corpse out of the coffins to examine the body
The coffin was opened on March 1, 2011 and attracted attention of many people and experts. The mummy was wearing a traditional Ming dynasty costume and has a ring on her right hand’s finger. Besides, several pieces of bones, ceramics, ancient writings and other relics were gathered in the coffin.
The 700-year-old mummy was preserved in a brown liquid
She was wearing the Ming Dynasty dress
This is the latest discovery after five mummies were found, all in good condition between 1979 and 2008. The mummy's clothes were made mostly of silk, with a little cotton, which is hard to preserve. The first finding of the Ming Dynasty in Taizhou dated from May 1979.
She is thought to be at a high-ranking level
The right hand’s finger of the 700-year-old mummy was adorned by a ring
The Ming Dynasty, who built the Forbidden City and restored the Great Wall, was the last in China and marked an era of economic growth as well as cultural splendor. During the period, first commercial contacts with the West were set up.
The ring on her finger
From the close distance, the mummy's shoes were kept well
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