The following year, some 1,500 students joined archaeologists to complete the mammoth task of excavating the tomb. Amazingly, they found more than 1,000 artifacts buried alongside the occupant. Clearly, they’d discovered the final resting place of an important member of Han Dynasty society.
Inside the tomb, archaeologists found toiletries, makeup, silk garments and almost 200 lacquer-ware items. In addition, they also uncovered a vast army of 162 wooden figurines, believed to have represented the servants who the occupant would carry with her into the afterlife.
Nevertheless, although this was clearly a grand tomb, it was the body buried within it that generated the most excitement. Indeed, wrapped in as many as 20 layers of clothing and bound with silk ribbon was the body of a woman, who is thought to have died in 163 BC.