Woman mummy found in China. Face of incredibly preserved 700-year-old!
Female mummy found in China’s Jiangsu Province .”The body was found by chance in China, was immersed in a liquid brown and seemed in good condition.A mummy of a woman from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) was located by chance in the city of Taizhou in east China’s Jiangsu Province, reported the official Xinhua news agency. The body, found during work to expand a local road, was found with two other wooden tombs, more than two meters deep, which also belong to the Ming dynasty.The Mummy Chinese archaeologists surprised by the good condition of your skin, hair, eyelashes and face.The woman’s body, 1.5 meters high, was immersed in a brown liquid inside his coffin. In the cleanup by staff of the Museum of Taizhou were found in the Ming dynasty costumes, bones, ceramics and ancient writings, among other relics. Between 1979 and 2008 another five mummies were found, all in very good condition, raising the interest in learning the techniques of preservation funeral of this dynasty and customs in time to bury the dead.The director of the Museum of the City of Taizhou, Wang Weiyin, told Xinhua that the mummy’s clothes are mostly silk and cotton was very little used.He said the suits usually silk or cotton are very difficult to preserve and excavations found that technology was used very high-level funeral. The first finding of the Ming Dynasty in Taizhou dates from May 1979 and led the opening of the museum. At that time the bodies were also found intact, but due to lack of experience of archaeologists only clothing, belts and clamps could be preserved.The Ming Dynasty was the last in China and marked an era of economic growth and cultural splendor which produced the first commercial contacts with the West. oc. ~ The Ming Dynasty, or anachronistically referred to as Empire of the Great Ming, was the
ruling dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644, following the collapse of the Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty. The Ming, “one of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history”, was the last dynasty in China ruled by ethnic Hans. Although the Ming capital Beijing fell in 1644 to a rebellion led by Li Zicheng who established the Shun Dynasty, which was soon replaced by the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty, regimes loyal to the Ming throne (collectively called the Southern Ming) survived until 1662.Ming rule saw the construction of a vast navy and a standing army of one million troops. Although private maritime trade and official tribute missions from China had taken place in previous dynasties, the tributary fleet under the Muslim eunuch admiral Zheng He in the 15th century far surpassed all others in size. There were enormous construction projects, including the restoration of the Grand Canal and the Great Wall and the establishment of the Forbidden City in Beijing during the first quarter of the 15th century. Estimates for the late-Ming population vary from 160 to 200 million.Emperor Hongwu (r. 1368–98) attempted to create a society of self-sufficient rural communities in a rigid, immobile system that would have no need to engage with the commercial life and trade of urban centers. His rebuilding of China’s agricultural base and strengthening of communication routes through the militarized courier system had the unintended effect of creating a vast agricultural surplus that could be sold at burgeoning markets located along courier
routes. Rural culture and commerce became influenced by urban trends. The upper echelons of society embodied in the scholarly gentry class were also affected by this new consumption-based culture. In a departure from tradition, merchant families began to produce examination candidates to become scholar-officials and adopted cultural traits and practices typical of the gentry. Parallel to this trend involving social class and commercial consumption were changes in social and political philosophy, bureaucracy and governmental institutions, and even arts and literature. By the 16th century the Ming economy was stimulated by trade with the Portuguese, the Spanish, and the Dutch. China became involved in a new global trade of goods, plants, animals, and food crops known as the Columbian Exchange. Trade with European powers and the Japanese brought in massive amounts of silver, which then replaced copper and paper banknotes as the common medium of exchange in China. During the last decades of the Ming the flow of silver into China was greatly diminished, thereby undermining state revenues and indeed the entire Ming economy. This damage to the economy was compounded by the effects on agriculture of the incipient Little Ice Age, natural calamities, crop failure, and sudden epidemics. The ensuing breakdown of authority and people’s livelihoods allowed rebel leaders such as Li Zicheng to challenge Ming authority. Good News International
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