Chinese construction workers were left with no words with what they discovered on the site they were working in. They found a coffin with a dead body which has been buried for hundreds of years. The corpse of the man is believed to have been underground between the Ming (1368-1644 AD) or Qing (1644-1912) dynasties.
The remains were extracted from Zhizhu village, Anhua County, Hunan, China. The man was wearing fine clothes with his favorite fan. It made the discoverers assume that he came from a wealthy family during the ancient times.
Furthermore, the coffin was made of limestone and fine wood. The materials aided the preservation of the body. China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage thinks that he may be a noble man.
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The mountain where his body was buried is believed to a have been the property of a family under the surname of Wang. It is the first corpse found in the town belonging to the Ming or Qing dynasty.
Experts think that the texture of its casket is the reason the body remained in one piece throughout the years. The corpse was taken from the site to be studied by experts. However, opening a coffin means bad luck in Chinese culture.
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Operations on the construction have been stopped since the discovery of the ancient corpse. Also, the cultural heritage administration may request the firm to halt the work for a certain period of time.
Meanwhile, there were no statements or further information coming from the town’s officials. There are still no updates regarding the man’s name and lineage.
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