Road Workers Working on a Road In China Stumbled Upon This Incredible Discovery – an Ancient Tomb

Chinese workers were working on a road widening in Tanzou City, in the Jiangsu Province when two meters below the road surface, they discovered a mysterious box.

Chinese archaeologists from the nearby Museum of Taizhou were called in to excavate the area.

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The find turned out be an ancient tomb.

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Inside was a 700-year-old female mummy in a wooden box coffin.

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And she’s wonderfully preserved, immersed in a brown liquid inside the coffin.

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The mummy was believed to be from the Ming Dynasty – the ruling power in China between 1368 and 1644.

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Archaeologists were surprised that the woman’s features (from her head to her shoes) have hardly deteriorated. Her skin, hair, eyelashes and face are in remarkably good condition.

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The mummy’s body measures 1.5 meters high.

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Her right hand showed her preserved skin, and a ring.

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The 700-year-old mummy was wearing traditional Ming dynasty costume. With her in the coffin were bones, ceramics, ancient writings and other relics.

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Her clothes were silk with little cotton, considered rare fabrics among the Ming dynasty elite.

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Director of the Museum of Taizhou, Wang Weiyin, said that silk and cotton are very hard to preserve and excavations found that this mummifying technology was used only at very high-profile funerals.

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The mummy’s discovery offers a fascinating insight into what was life like back then.

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