China unearths ponytailed corpses dating back almost 400 years to the Qing Dynasty





This perfectly preserved corpse is one six that were unearthed during construction work in Turfan, farwest China’s Xinjiang region.

The bodies are believed to be officials from the Qing Dynasty – the final imperial reign from 1644, which lasted until the founding of the Republic of China in 1911.

The male corpses have long hair – measuring up to 1.7metres in length – worn in a style known as a queue.

The hairstyle was introduced to China in the early 17th century by the emperor Nurhaci.

Nurhaci achieved the creation of a Manchu state in Manchuria, later becoming the Qing Dynasty of China.


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