The skin of a mummy discovered by accident had been perfectly preserved for over 700 years. Road workers stumbled upon a jaw-dropping corpse belonging to a high-ranking woman from China’s Ming Dynasty.
News of the remarkable archaeological breakthrough on in the city of Taizhou, in eastern China on March 1 2011 was first broken to the world’s press a decade ago.
Just six-and-a-half feet below the road surface was the woman whose features shoes and ring all remained intact and showed hardly any signs of deterioration.
Chinese archaeologists were immediately called from the nearby Museum of Taizhou to inspect the body and were stunned by the condition of almost everything from the woman’s skin and hair right down to her eyelashes.
Experts claimed it was as though the diminutive 4’9 woman found swamped in a mysterious brown liquid, had only died recently.
Taizhou was reportedly buzzing off the discovery which included a ring still fixed on a finger belonging to the long-dead woman.
Researchers said what she was clothed in on her death married up with the traditional costume of the Ming dynasty, as did various ceramics, ancient writings and other relics inside her coffin.
Oddly bones which did not belong to the corpse were also buried with her.
It was the first discovery of a mummy in the region in three years and the sixth since 1979.
Previous findings sparked an interest in learning how corpses remained so well preserved from the Ming Dynasty and what rituals were involved in the mummification process.
Excavations found that achieving such brilliant corpse preservation required technology used exclusively at very high-profile funerals.