By Li Jingran,Sina English
Yesterday, citizens in Xiangcheng city, central Henan province, claimed to have unearthed an ancient tomb with a mummy in it, which is well-preserved and wears a robe of Qing Dynasty. The department of archaeology has begun investigation.
The tomb was reportedly unearthed by a working excavator at a construction site above it, according to Mr.Liu, a witness living nearby the tomb. He said there were 3 coffins in the tomb, with the well-prevered mummy lying in the middle one. Two skeletons were discovered in the other two tombs, one of which has two layers. Staff of local cultural relics bureau and museum took away the hat and the boots the mummy wore later yesterday.
“The mummy’s face was black but his facial features could be seen clearly. He wore a robe of Qing Dynasty and a long braided ponytail, known as the queue hairstyle imposed on the Han Chinese during the Qing Dynasty.
"Under his head was a pile of white cotton”, Mr.Liu added.
The tombs are 20 square meters in area and 2 meters deep, and because the construction site was a farmland before, they were never found in the past. But many copper coins had been dug out here.
Yesterday afternoon, reporters called the director of the cultural relics institution in Zhoukou city,Henan province. The mummy now has been confirmed as a low-ranking Qing dynasty official. Further work is still underway.