- The intact body was unearthed in Anhua County, China’s Hunan province
- The man is thought to have died between the Ming (1368 to 1644 AD) and Qing dynasties (1644 to 1912)
- Limestone and fine wood was used to build his coffin, which acted a preservative for the body
Construction workers in China were shocked to discover a centuries-old coffin containing an extremely well-preserved male corpse.
The man is thought to have died sometime during the Ming (1368 to 1644 AD) or Qing (1644 to 1912) dynasties.
He was unearthed in Zhizhu village, Anhua County in China’s Hunan province dressed in fine fabrics and laid to rest with his favourite fan.
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Despite spending hundreds of years in the ground, the corpse was well preserved when it was discovered
Laid to rest: According to officials, the burial site was accidentally unearthed by an excavator operator
Limestone and fine wood was used to build his coffin, which acted a preservative for the body.
China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage say they believe the man was a noble or at least came from a rich background.
The mountain he was found is thought to belong to a family surnamed Wang.
Limestone and fine wood was used to build his coffin, which acted a preservative for the body
Amazing discovery: The centuries old coffin was found by construction workers in China
The body being moved: The corpse was found dressed in fine fabrics and was accompanied by his own fan
He was found with a fan: The man was also laid to rest with his favourite fan hinting that he was wealthy
The man was unearthed in Zhizhu village, Anhua County in China’s Hunan province
According to officials, the burial site was accidentally unearthed by an excavator. It’s thought to be the first well-preserved body from the Ming or Qing dynasty in that town.
According to an expert, it’s thought that the texture of the coffin and the tomb has helped keep the corpse relatively intact.
It has since been removed from the site and will be studied. However in ancient Chinese culture it is considered bad luck to open a coffin.
Construction at the work site has since been halted and the cultural heritage administration may even ask the firm to suspend works indefinitely.
Officials have not commented on whether they have traced any of the man’s living descendants, despite being able to identify his family name as well as the location he was buried.
THE MING AND QING DYNASTIES
The Ming Dynasty lasted from 1368 – 1644 and is often called the last of the great Chinese dynasties.
It was formed by a peasant uprising against the Mongol rule of the Yuan Dynasty.
Ming rule saw the construction of a vast navy and an enormous army of 1,000,000 troops.
At its peak, the Dynasty ruled over much of East Asia, as well as Turkey in the west and Vietnam and Myanmar in the south.
The Ming Dynasty had a population of 160 million people at its height, while some estimates put this number closer to 200 million.
It was an era of great civil engineering projects, including a complete rebuild of the Great Wall of China.
Ming rule also saw the creation of Beijing’s Grand Canal, the longest canal or artificial river in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Qing Dynasty last from 1644 to 1911/12, at which the territory of the empire grew to treble its size under the preceding Ming dynasty.
The multi-cultural formed the territorial base for the modern Chinese state. It was founded by the Jurchen Aisin Gioro clan in Manchuria.
At the time, many peoples lives were shaped by their Taoist and Buddhist beliefs.
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online