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Qing Dynasty Female Mummy Found in Chongqing

According to Chongqing Morning News, an ancient tomb was unearthed on a construction site on the hillside near Wenfeng Tower on South Hill of Huangjueya Town in Chongqing Nan'an District.

The female corpse in the tomb is dressed in costumes of the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911 AD) and well-preserved without any signs of rottenness. In addition, the corpse has a peach-and-cream complexion and resilient skin.

Based on initial archeological identification by the local cultural relic administration department, this ancient tomb dates back to 100 years ago.

When dredging the hillside with an excavator, the worker accidentally discovered an intact coffin with a female corpse of poised appearance inside. The worker touched the corpse's face with a branch and found her skin resilient.

After mortuary objects were cleared up, half of the female corpse was buried with earth. When two corpse carriers dragged the body out by her arms, the body remained unchanged in shape and her tiny three-inch feet were pulled out from earth. One of the corpse carriers seized the corpse by her arms while the other took her by the feet and put her into a plastic bag. The ancient corpse seemed to be quite soft.

When the corpse carrying car arrived on the afternoon of Feb. 28th, the female corpse's complexion had turned wax yellow after over 10 hours of oxidation but still remained unrotten.

(Chinanews.cn March 4, 2006)

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