Mummies in Vietnam, too

Vietnam has its share of mysterious mummies too – this one is from Ho Chi Minh City, apparently an aristocrat who died over 140 years ago.

Vietnamese mummy, Thanh Nien News, 23 May 2008

A Vietnamese Mummy
Thanh Nien News, 23 May 2008

According to Dr. Ba Trung Phu, head of the Display and Propaganda Division of the museum, the mummy was discovered in an ancient tomb at the Cai Village in HCMC’s District 5 when 16 ancient tombs in the area were excavated and cleared 14 years ago to reclaim land for construction purposes.

The tomb was made from coral-based raw lime, sand, molasses, active charcoal, and other unknown materials.

Dr. Ba Trung Phu, head of the Display and Propaganda Division at Vietnam Museum of History

The compound of these ingredients had made the structure “harder than concrete,” according to the excavators.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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