Well-preserved corpse of Ming Dynasty unearthed in E. China (4)

13:34, March 16, 2011      

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Workers try to open the lid of a coffin coated with thick grout in Taizhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province, March 1, 2011. The well-preserved 1.5-meter-long female corpse, whose clothes and cotton-padded boots remained intact and even hair was not lost, was the first disinterred among the three Ming dynasty coffins unearthed in Taizhou on Feb. 28, 2011. The body and fabric had not decayed because the coffins were sealed and airtight thanks to the grout made of glutinous rice and lime which muffled up the coffin. The corpse was also found soaked in a yellow liquid and experts believed the liquid, proven to be underground water that had seeped into the coffin, kept the moisture and temperature at a certain level to preserve the body. The tomb was identified as a burial during the Middle and Late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) following the grave customs. (Xinhua/Gu Xiangzhong)
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