The Well-Dressed Dead

Digs & Discoveries January/February 2014


A well-preserved mummy identified as a government official from the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912)—China’s last imperial dynasty before the creation of the Republic of China—has been unearthed from a construction site in Xiangcheng City in central China’s Henan Province. Though the Chinese did not deliberately preserve their dead as the ancient Egyptians did, environmental conditions have naturally preserved many centuries- and even millennia-old bodies there in remarkable condition, often with clothing, footwear, hair, and even skin intact.

  • Artifacts January/February 2014

    Limestone Eagle

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    (Matthew Helmer)
  • Around the World January/February 2014


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    (Wikimedia Commons, Photo: Petter Lindgren)
  • Digs & Discoveries January/February 2014

    French Revolution Forgeries?

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    (Courtesy Davide Pettener/Paolo Garagnani)
  • Features January/February 2014

    Stone Towns of the Swahili Coast

    Along 2,000 miles of the East African coast, the sophisticated trading centers of the medieval Swahili reveal their origins and influences

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    (Samir S. Patel)