Mawangdui Han Dynasty Tomb
Located in the eastern suburbs of Chansha, the Mawangdui Han Dynasty Tombs were uncovered in 1972. The tombs, which date back some 2,100 years to the Western Han dynasty (206BC-25AD), contained the remains of the Marquis Dai, his wife and son, and their most prized possessions.
Among the more than 3,000 relics unearthed, were exquisite lacquer-ware, musical instruments, silk paintings, pottery and Chinese medicinal herbs. There was also a complete text of the Daoist classic 'I Ching' written on silk. Of all the remains, the most astonishing was the corpse of Zin Hui, the Marquess of Dai, which was extremely well preserved. Most of the artifacts including the corpses can now be found in the Hunan Provincial Museum.