Construction workers in China have found the well-preserved body of a man, who probably died sometime during either the Ming or Qing Dynasties. As he was buried in fine clothes with a fan, this was not an everyday discovery.
While excavating one day, construction workers in Zhizhu village in Hunan Province, China, discovered an extremely well-preserved body in a coffin, which could be centuries old. The coffin, constructed out of limestone and fine wood, served as a preservative for the body it housed.
After analysis, it was determined that the man was an ancestor of the Wang family and probably died sometime during either the Ming Dynasty (ruled 1368 to 1644 AD) or Qing Dynasty (ruled 1644 to 1912 AD).
Officials from China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage stated that, due to his fine clothes and the materials used in the construction of his coffin, the man probably belonged to a high-ranking level of society.
Meanwhile, the construction work taking place where the remains had been found had to be halted, and it’s possible that the Cultural Heritage administration will put an indefinite hold on the construction. The corpse has since been removed from the site for further studies. Who knows what else they may find at this rare, noble grave site!