Vietnamese archaeologists find out what makes a Vietnamese mummy: pine oil and roasted rice.
One up on Egyptian mummies
Thanh Niee News, 23 March 2010
The late Prof. Do Xuan Hop, known to many as the â€œKing of Anatomyâ€ was one of the scientists who studied the body of King Le Du Tong (1679-1731) which was found in 1958 in the central province of Thanh Hoa. Hop noted that the king was placed in a coffin that contained lots of pine oil.
The oil made quilted blankets, clothes and shrouds oily, while â€œthe fragrance soaked into his skin and through skin into his internal organs, so [he was] soaked with aroma,â€ Hop wrote, noting that betel leaves and areca buried with him also remained fresh.
Thanks to the oil, the Le Dynasty kingâ€™s body remained in rather good condition during the 46 years it was kept at the Hanoi-based National History Museum before being reburied earlier this year despite the harsh weather in the north, scientists said.