Osan Woman
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Sex Female
Status The wife of a high government official
Culture Korean
Date(s) 16th century (Joseon Dynasty)
Site Unearthed from an industrial complex site in Osan, Gyeonggi Province in South Korea.
Current Location
Location Seoul, South Korea
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Researchers at the Seogyeong Cultural Properties Research Institute in Seoul believe the mummy of a Korean woman was the wife of a high-level government official during the Joseon Dynasty and died during the 16th century.


Unlike the Egyptian process, Korean corpses were not deliberately mummified. It was a naturally occurring phenomenon of the way they were buried. During the dynasty, the upper classes were buried in a way that prevented the body's decay. They placed their dead in hoegyeok, a type of tomb, and bodies were buried in double-sided coffins and covered with a layer of a limestone mixture which isolated the remains from water and air.


Among her grave goods were her finest clothes, an intricate satchel (or handbag), and several ornaments.

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