The Mummy was found at a construction site in the town of Mang'ai. Xin Feng, director of the museum, mentions it is in very good shape, and even suggests it could be the oldest and the best preserved mummy discovered on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Mummies are usually formed in in very dry environments which prevent bodies from decay. The area where the body was found is on the northern edge of the plateau close to Taklamakan Desert.
Mummified bodies have been found along the ancient Silk Road inside China as it crosses a wide stretch of arid land in present-day's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Traders took this route to avoid conflict on the Hexi Corridor, a much better known thoroughfare. Some were Caucasian, a testimony to the ancient Silk Road's heyday as a global trade route.
No disease is known to be associated with the mummy thus far. Research on the funeral items may lead to greater detail on the origins of the Mummy. Archaeologists will use DNA tests to find out the man's ethnicity and identity.
Xinghua (2017) China unearths millennia-old Silk Road mummy, still in "good shape". Retrieved from http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/30/c_136407047.htm