900-Year-Old 'Grand Lady' Skeleton Emerges from Watery Coffin

The “Grand Girl’s” casket was buried inside another casket in China.

Credit: Image courtesy Chinese Cultural Antiques

An exceptionally maintained skeleton of a female called the “Grand Girl” has actually been found in a water-filled casket within a burial place at Tieguai Town in China. The casket goes back 900 years.

The archaeologists who found the remains discovered that the body was buried with various severe items, consisting of a design home that has small furnishings within– a doll house of sorts– and a silver pendant portraying 2 dragons chasing pearls. A banner discovered on top of the inner casket (which remained in turn buried within an external casket) states that the burial place resident is a “Grand Girl” who resided in “Ankang Commandery.” Though her genuine name was difficult to make out on the banner, the archaeologists stated that it might be née Jian. [Photos: Grand Lady’s Tomb and Artifacts]

” The skeleton [of the Grand Lady] is basically maintained, total with fingernails and hair,” a group of archaeologists composed in a report released just recently in the journal Chinese Cultural Antiques

She still had silver and gold barrettes on her head; “there were silver bracelets on her arm and a string of bronze coins on her abdominal area, 83 coins entirely,” the archaeologists composed, including that “below her right-hand man were 2 zongzi [which are the remains of two sticky rice dumplings], and embroidered shoes were on her feet.”

The Grand Lady was buried with many interesting artifacts including this model of a wooden house.

The Grand Girl was buried with lots of intriguing artifacts including this design of a wood home.

Credit: Image courtesy Chinese Cultural Antiques

Paintings of a female, likely the Grand Girl, were discovered on the inner casket, each picture revealing her using various clothing and devices, the archaeologists composed.

An idea to when the Grand Girl lived originated from about 200 bronze coins discovered at the base of her casket. These were minted in between approximately A.D. 713 and A.D.1100 The archaeologists stated that the lady most likely passed away not long after A.D. 1100, which implies she lived throughout the Tune dynasty, a time when art, culture and science thrived throughout China.

The Grand Girl was buried with a huge variety of severe items, consisting of lots of little reproductions of real-life things called “minqi” in Chinese. Among the most striking is an unspoiled design home that has a yard in addition to “3 spaces, with a big period in between the main bay and smaller sized secondary spaces,” the archaeologists composed.

Other intriguing discoveries within the Grand Girl’s burial place consist of 10 female figurines portrayed using masks and playing musical instruments, the archaeologists composed.

Another burial place discovered beside the Grand Girl’s was greatly robbed, and couple of artifacts were discovered within it. That burial place might come from a relative of the Grand Girl, the archaeologists stated.

Both burial places were excavated in between June and September 2014 by a group of archaeologists from the Nanling County Cultural Relics Administration and Anhui Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology. A short article on the discovery was released in Chinese, in 2016, in the journal Wenwu and was just recently equated into English and released in the Chinese Cultural Relicsjournal.

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