|Yoon Clan Woman|
|Culture||Joseon Dynasty, Korea|
|Location||Papyeong, Gyeonggi, South Korea|
Within a Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) hoegyeok (tomb) of Yun Jeong-jeong discovered in 2002, was the mummified body of a pregnant woman of the Yoon Clan, who lived during the 16th century. Speculation suggests she was the granddaughter of Yun Won-hyung, brother of Queen Munjeong.
The body was mummified as a result of the structure of the Hoegyeok tomb she was encased in, in a double-sided coffin and covered with a layer of a limestone mixture. This process isolated the body from water and air, which cause decay.
The exceptional preservation of the mummies from the brain to the intestines, has allowed scientists to answer questions about everyday life in the Joseon Dynasty. They identified the cause of death but also what her diet was and illnesses.
She apparently died after a rupture in her womb in the final stage of labour. The child died unborn.
Several Papyeong Yoon women became queens during the early Joseon Dynasty, they include Queen Munjeong and Queen Janggyeong. Last ruling Empress, Empress Sunjeong of the Korean Empire, was from another Yoon clan, Haepyeong Yoon. The Haepyeong Yoon clan was originally part of the Papyeong clan but broke away forming their own clan.