It was reported on Friday that road workers in eastern China had recently unearthed an incredibly well preserved 700 year old mummy.

When the wooden coffin was opened this past week, archaeologists found the body of a high-ranking woman dressed in silk and cotton garments and accompanied by ancient writings and other relics.

The burial dates from the Ming Dynasty, when China was at a peak of cultural accomplishment and dynastic power.

This video is from the Associated Press, uploaded March 4, 2011.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.