Lady Xin Zhui
Biographical Information
Name(s) Lady Xin Zhui
Age 50 Years Old
Sex Female
Status Married
Height Unknown
Culture Chinese
Date(s) Died 163 BCE
Site Mawangdui, in Changsha
Current Location
Location Hunan, China
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Also referred to as Lady Dai or Marquise of Dai, was the Marquise of Dai during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE). She was found and gained fame 2,000 years after her death, when archaeologists discovered her tomb in a hill in Mawangdui, in Changsha, Hunan, China.


When found, everything was still intact. This being her hair, her internal organs, and the touch of her skin.


Because of the conditions of her body, autopsy's were performed. The studies showed that she was over weight, suffered from lower back pain, and had clogged arteries which lead to severe heart damage. What they had really found from the autopsy was that the mummified body was in the same condition as a body that had just passed away.


Pathologists main find revolved around the heart damage. This was the earliest form of heart disease that pathologists had found. No bacteria was found because there was a major lack of oxygen in the tomb, causing anything that reached the inside to die fairly quickly.

Additional InfoEdit

The tomb of Lady Xin Zhui was buried 12 meters underground, and was very well preserved. The body was found inside 4 layers of tombs, 20 layers of silk, and 80 litres of unknown acidic liquid, which was believed to be the reason why she was so well preserved.

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