May 14, 2010 12:55
The mummified remains of a noblewoman from the 16th century were discovered at a construction site in Osan, Gyeonggi Province. The Seogyeong Cultural Properties Research Institute said Thursday the mummified body of a woman from the Chosun Dynasty and 10 artifacts including a white porcelain pot, wooden comb and a chignon ornament have been found. "The structure and style of the grave and clothes suggest the body was buried in the mid-1500s," said Kim Woo-lim, a museum official in Ulsan.
Dressed in burial clothes, the mummy measures 154 cm in height, the average height during the Chosun Dynasty. The upper part of the body is so well preserved that the skin texture and teeth can be seen. The lower half of the body has decomposed slightly.
A banner covering the coffin shows that the woman was the wife of a military officer. Kim said the discovery will offer invaluable insight into the lifestyle of the period. It dates back to a similar time as the mummified remains of a mother and daughter discovered in Paju, Gyeonggi Province eight years ago.
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