Saturday, March 12, 2011

Confusing and Contradictory Press Coverage of Ming Dynasty "Wet Mummy"

National Geographic is saying that the "wet mummy" uncovered by Chinese workers digging out for a new road was first opened on March 1, 2011!  But coverage I saw last week at the Peoples Daily Online said the casket and others had been uncovered during digs in the area between 1979 and 2008 (see update added to original post on March 7, 2011).  So, does this mean that this particular casket was held for three years before being opened on March 1st? 

I'm confused - and it's not incipient old age seeping in, either!  So, what is the actual story?  Was The Mail Online correct, after all, in presenting this as a current story on March 5, 2011? In any event, the National Geographic has more great photos of the great "unwrapping" (so to speak) of this particular unintended mummy.

I wonder how long it will take before that ring disappears into some Commie honcho's private cache, to be replaced by fake gold and glass?   

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