‘Grand Lady’ ex­ca­vated in China

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

An exquisitel­y pre­served skele­ton of a woman dubbed the ‘Grand Lady’ has been dis­cov­ered in a wa­ter-filled cof­fin within a tomb at Tieguai Vil­lage in China. The cof­fin dates back 900 years. The body was buried with nu­mer­ous grave goods, in­clud­ing a model house that has tiny fur­ni­ture in­side — a doll’s house of sorts — and a sil­ver pen­dant de­pict­ing two dragons chas­ing pearls. A ban­ner found on top of the in­ner cof­fin (which was in turn buried within an outer cof­fin) says that the tomb oc­cu­pant is a ‘Grand Lady’ who lived in ‘Ankang Com­man­dery.’

“The skele­ton [of the Grand Lady] is es­sen­tially pre­served, com­plete with fin­ger­nails and hair,” a team of ar­chae­ol­o­gists wrote in a re­port pub­lished in the jour­nal Chi­nese Cul­tural

Relics. She also had sil­ver and gold hair­pins in her hair, sil­ver bracelets on her arms, 83 strung bronze coins on her ab­domen and em­broi­dered shoes on her feet.

The Grand Lady was buried with many arte­facts in­clud­ing this model of a wooden house

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