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Buried in Jade

In 1968, Chinese archaeologists opened the tombs of a royal couple, Prince Liu Sheng and his consort, Tou Wan, buried almost 2000 years ago.
The enormous amount of treasure they found in the burial chambers included the jade suits which had encashed the bodies of the couple. The suits, made of hundreds of thin plates of jade had been laboriously but beautifully sewn together with gold thread. Jade suits were in great demand in those days as the Chinese believed that jade could keep the body from decomposing.
What had the royal couple looked like? The archaelogists could not tell because despite the jade suits their bodies had long ago crumbled to dust. The suits are now in a Chinese museum bearing mute testimony to man's eternal quest for immortality.

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