MessageToEagle.com Archaeologists have made yet another incredible discovery.
When experts opened a 300 year-old coffin they found perfectly preserved body!
What happened next is somewhat of a mystery and archaeologists have begun an investigation.
The tomb was unearthed on October 10, October 10 on a construction site in a two meter deep hole in the ground in the in Xiangcheng city, central Henan province, China.
Inside the tomb were three coffins. Two of the coffins contained remains bodies that had reduced to skeletons. The third coffin contained a mummy that had an unusually well-preserved body.
|When the coffin was opened by historians at Xiangcheng in Henan province, central China, they said the man’s face was almost normal but within hours it had started to go black, and a foul smell had.According to Liu, a witness living nearby the tomb “the mummy’s face was black, but his facial features could be seen clearly.
He wore a robe of Qing Dynasty and a long braided ponytail, known as the queue hairstyle imposed on the Han Chinese during the Qing Dynasty.
“Under his head was a pile of white cotton.”
Professor Dong said: ‘It’s possible the man’s family used some materials to preserve the body, but that once it was opened the natural process of decay could really start.
‘We are working hard though to save what there is.’
Now, experts must keep on investigating and try to solve this 300-year-old puzzle.
If the corpse was put in a lacquered coffin, covered in charcoal , which was common at the time bacteria would have been unable to get in.
Dr Nickel added that if this was the case, as soon as air hit the body, the natural process would be for it to turn black and quickly disintegrate.
However, historian Dong Hsiung proposes an alternative theory for the preservation of the deceased. “It’s possible the man’s family used some materials to preserve the body,’ he said. ‘Once it was opened the natural process of decay could really start.’
We are working hard though to save what there is.
This is no the first time almost perfectly preserved mummies were found in China.
In the late 1980’s, several well-preserved mummies were discovered in the mysterious Takla Makan desert.
The perfectly well-preserved mummies are estimated to be at least 3000 years-old. The corpses reveal that the people had long reddish-blond hair, European features and didn’t appear to be the ancestors of modern-day Chinese people. Archaeologists now think they may have been the citizens of an ancient civilization that existed at the crossroads between China and Europe
In 2011, a 700-year-old mummy was discovered by chance in excellent condition in eastern China.
The mummy was wearing traditional Ming dynasty costume, and in the coffin were bones, ceramics, ancient writings and other relics.
Researchers hope the latest finding could help them better understand the Qing dynasty’s funeral rituals and customs, as well as more about how bodies were preserved.
These types of well-preserved ancient mummies can give us many more clues to the knowledge and practices of the ancients.