Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved, 700-year-old,
body of a woman inside a stone coffin in China.
The coffin was found on a building site in Taizhou, in
eastern China's Jiangsu Province. Archaeologists (above)
carefully lever the lid off with crowbars
The coffin was one of the three discovered in a tomb two
metres underground on a construction site in the city.
Researchers from the Taizhou Museum carefully opened the
coffins. In two they found skeletons, Ming Dynasty clothes and
funerary objects. However, in the third they found the well
preserved body of a woman (above)
The 5-foot-long corpse was tightly wrapped in cerecloth
(heavy wax-treated linen cloth used for burying the dead),
quilt and clothes.
Archaeologists remove the body from the stone coffin
The corpse has complete skin and clearly recognizable
facial features, hair and even eyelashes
Archaeologists carefully unwrap some of the cloth from
around the corpse
During their investigations members of the Taizhou museum team found a number of funerary objects, including a gem ring, a silver hairpin and more than 20 pieces of cotton clothing from the time of the Ming.
The Gem Ring