Construction workers in the Chinese city of Taizhou were working to widen a road when they struck an odd object in the ground. Strangely, it didn’t appear on any schematics. Whatever it was, it was older than the city itself.
Soon after, they began digging around the object, trying to determine what it could possibly be. As more and more of it was revealed, the workers realized they’d never seen anything like it before.
When they suddenly learned what it actually was, they were stunned—and they immediately had to call for backup.
They dug it out in an effort to determine what they’d encountered as quickly as their equipment would allow. It wasn’t until after they studied it for several hours, however, that they realized what it was. Despite its appearance, it wasn’t just a random block of cement!
The team of determined archaeologists finally managed to open the stone structure without disturbing its contents. At first, it just appeared to be filled with linens, silks, and a strange liquid. But as they dug around, they uncovered something else.
See, beneath all of those layers of different linens and fabrics, the scientists found a body! Still soaking wet from spending years underground, the human remains inside were pretty hard to identify.
Naturally, they dove right into their investigation. The archaeologists were completely determined to figure out who they’d stumbled upon. Once they removed the wrapping, they could tell that the mummy, once a woman, was over 700 years old.
The mummy’s body was also in remarkably good condition, and they were able to remove her corpse from the tomb fairly easily. This was an achingly meticulous process, because it can often lead to damage of the mummy. Over the centuries, the body breaks down.
Luckily, most of the fabrics were still intact when they removed her from the tomb. The archaeologists sifted through all of the materials in an effort to learn as much as possible from the mummy and her rich history.
Not to mention, her clothes were in fantastic shape! Look at how well-preserved her shoes were, for instance. This detail gave the archaeologists so much to study. Even though she wasn’t alive to tell them now, what was inside her tomb answered a lot of their questions.
Just imagine finding a 2,000-year-old tomb in the parking lot near your local Walmart? Archaeology is so cool.