| Strikingly well-preserved 700-year-old Mummy |
|Name(s)||Ming Dynasty Mummy|
|Age||Approximately 700-year old|
|Culture||Ming Dynasty (China)|
|Location||City of Taizhou, in Jiangsu Province, Eastern China|
Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) Mummy was discovered 2 meters below road surface. The well preserved Mummy was buried wearing a Ming Dynasty Costume along with 20 pieces of Ming Dynasty clothing, a silver hairpin on her hair, and a jade ring on her right hand. Her headgear did not have emblems of a phoenix or dragon which concluded that she was not a member of the Royal Ming Family. Although, mummification in that era suggest that she came from a rich family.
The body's well preserved state was shocking to those archaeologist at the scene. Professor Victor Mair from University of Pennsylvania believes that the boy was immersed with brown liquid that trapped out all oxygen and kept bacteria from causing body decay. It was also wrapped with jewelry and fine silks. Some believed her amazing preservation was due to the construction of the coffin.
Between 1979 - 2008, 5 other mummies including this one was discovered and were shockingly well preserved. The first mummy found in May 1979 caused the opening of the Museum of Taizhou. All 5 mummies can be found at that Museum although due to the inexperienced ofarchaeologist only clothing, belts, and clamps could be preserved.
Written by Clement Cheung @ McMaster University 2017