| Xin Zhui |
|File:Https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Xin Zhui 3.JPG|
|Status||Elite. Lady of Han Dynasty|
|Date(s)||ca. 213 BC to 163 BC|
|Location||Mawangdui, Changsha, Hunan Province, China|
Xin Zhui, also known as Lady Dai, was the wife of Li Chang who was in reign during the Han Dynasty. Her body was preserved with elegance as she was seen as royalty, although, she did not receive much attention until about 2000 years after her death. Her body was discovered in a tomb within the Mawangdui mountain.
Xin Zhui is one of the worlds best preserved mummies - anthropologists are still baffled over the seamless preservation of Lady Dai. Scientists are still researching how exactly her body was mummified that would allow for her joints to still be flexible, eyelashes and nose hairs to still be in tact, and skin still elastic.
Anthropologists still study the preservation of Xin Zhui to this day in hopes of eventually understanding this particular method of preservation. A couple of inconclusive ideas have been made with regards to the mummification such as the well-sealed tomb preventing the entrance of new bacteria and the life of bacteria that remained inside the tomb.
Lady Dai had eventually died of a heart attack caused by obesity and her lack of exercise while on a rich diet. It was discovered that she had specifically died a couple hours after ingesting melons by all of the melon seeds that remained in her intestines.
Most well preserved body of the 20th century
Holloway, April. (2014). The enduring mystery of the Lady of Dai mummy. Ancient Origins. <