‘Grand Lady’ excavated in China
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