In 2011, in Taizhou, (in the Jiangsu Province located in Eastern China), construction workers were clearing the way to widen a road. This job included digging several feet in the ground. At approximately six feet into the ground, these Chinese construction workers hit a hard and large object. After contacting a team of archaeologist from Taizhou Museum, the area was excavated. They were all surprised to find that the large object was a tomb. This tomb contained extremely well-preserved remains of a woman predated to 700 years to the Ming Dynasty.
On the inside of the tomb they found a three-layered coffin. The main level was layered in silk and linens, covered in a brown liquid. Beneath those linens is were the discovered the remarkable remains of the female. It is noted that her eyebrows, forehead, skin, hair, jewellery and clothing were still intact and perfectly preserved.
After some research, archaeologist claimed that the perfect preservation of the body due to the "right environment." Bacteria cannot grow if the temperature and the oxygen level in the water were right. This resulted in the slow or seized decomposition of the body. Multiple studies have stated that that from the women's head to her shoes, everything generally contained their original condition. It is unclear whether the brown liquid was intentionally placed in the coffin to aid in the preservation of the body. Researcher thought that this may have been accidental.
There was no trauma or deterioration that was noted in research.
The mummy was wearing traditional Ming dynasty costume, and also in the coffin were bones, ceramics, ancient writings and other relics.