Friday, March 4, 2011

700-year-old mummy found by road workers in east China in excellent condition

Amazing discovery: The 700-year-old mummy was found in the city of Taizhou, in Jiangsu Province, by construction workers - and her eyebrows were still intactThese incredible pictures show a 700-year-old mummy, which was discovered by chance - by road workers - in excellent condition in eastern China.

The corpse of the high-ranking woman believed to be from the Ming Dynasty - the ruling power in China between 1368 and 1644 - was stumbled across by a team who were looking to expand a street.

And the mummy, which was found in the city of Taizhou, in the Jiangsu Province, along with two other wooden tombs, offers a fascinating insight into life as it was back then.

Discovered two metres below the road surface, the woman's features - from her head to her shoes - have retained their original condition, and have hardly deteriorated.

When the discovery was made by the road workers, late last month, Chinese archaeologists, from the nearby Museum of Taizhou, were called into excavate the area, the state agency Xinhua News reported.

They were surprised by the remarkably good condition of the woman's skin, hair, eyelashes and face. It was as though she had only recently died.

via 700-year-old mummy found by road workers in east China in excellent condition | Mail Online.


Cheng said...

There is something afoot here which isn't 12 inches.
I think the towns mayor is trying to save his skin. Seems he's trying to cover up an accident to a poor local woman who fell into the hole being dug by his gang of road workers who were off having a sly tea break.

I hope I look that good at 700.

Mirlen101 said...

Excellent condition ? She's dead ! :-| How good could that be ? It's like saying relatively on fire ! Either your on fire or your not ! The degrees of flame hardly matter when your on fire ! Just as being dead you hardly notice the level of deadness ! Your just DEAD !
It's like saying " You look pretty good for being 115 and having the plague ! " ;-|

Xeno said...

Is not. Just pining for the fjords. She'll be up and about in no time now they've uncovered her.