Jing Lee
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Jing Lee
Age Born in 1580

Died in 1642 (age 62)

Sex Male
Date(s) Discovered in 2014
Site Cheongdo, South Korea
Current Location
Catalog #

Jing Lee was born in 1580, and died in 1642 at the age of 62. His mummified body was discovered in Cheongdo, South Korea in 2014. The research on this excellently preserved mummy, published in the Journal of Parasitology, was conducted by researchers based at the Seoul National University College of Medicine.


Jing Lee's mummified body is of large interest to researchers because of a strange lump discovered on his liver following a computerized tomography (CT) scan. Researchers found that this lump contained golden-brown eggs, each roughly 85 micrometres long.They identified them as belonging to Paragonimus westermani, a parasitic fluke. This parasite is as a result of the raw crab and crayfish diet that was normal during this time. Jing Lee is now the oldest known case of a man suffering from hepatic paragonimiasis.

External Links

Barras, C. (2017, September 02). Our mummy has a liver complaint. Retrieved September 13, 2017, from

Roston, B. A. (2017, August 25). 17th century mummy sheds light on parasites in ancient Korea. Retrieved September 13, 2017, from

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