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In pictures: Mummified human remains found in Ming Dynasty tomb

Archaeologists discovered the remains during an excavation in Nanchang city.

Image: Wei Yonggang/ChinaFotoPress/PA

ARCHAEOLOGISTS HAVE discovered mummified human remains in a royal tomb belonging to the Ming dynasty.

The well-preserved body of a man was found during excavations of the site in Nanchang city in Jiangxi Province earlier this week. He is believed to be a royal descendant.

The Ming Dynasty ruled from 1368 to 1644 and had its capital in Beijing. The dynasty was the last ruled by ethnic Han Chinese and was replaced by the Shun Dynasty after the fall of Beijing during a rebellion. During its rule, the Ming Dynasty oversaw the construction of part of the Great Wall.

In pictures: Mummified human remains found in Ming Dynasty tomb
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    A mummy is seen at a Ming dynasty royal tomb on June 12, 2012. (Photo by Wei Yonggang/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
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    An archaeologist point to details on the mummy's covering in the tomb. (Photo by Wei Yonggang/ChinaFotoPress)
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    Archaeologists work at a Ming dynasty royal tomb in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province. (Photo by Wei Yonggang/ChinaFotoPress)
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    Hair clasps from the Ming dynasty royal tomb. (Photo by Wei Yonggang/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
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    The mummy in the royal tomb found in a residential area of the city. (Photo by Wei Yonggang/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
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    Archaeologists at work on the royal tomb this week. (Photo by Wei Yonggang/ChinaFotoPress/PA)

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