The Hunan Museum has made available a digital database on Mawangdui’s world-famous tombs, aiming to transform archaeological finds into popular cultural markers. The institution will allow two colleges and 12 companies, including popular tea brand Sexy Tea and online video platform Mango TV, to freely use digital resources.

Located in the provincial capital Changsha, Mawangdui is home to the grand tombs of the Marquis of Dai during the Han dynasty (202 BC-220 AD), as well as his wife and son. The site gained international attention in the 1970s when researchers opened a coffin and found a female corpse that showed no signs of decomposition. The corpse, now preserved in the museum, is said to be that of a woman named Lady Xin Zhui, the wife of the Marquis of Dai.

On Monday, the museum also signed agreements with more than 30 cultural and creative industry teams to develop digital products related to life two thousand years ago, drawing inspiration from the more than 3,000 artifacts discovered in the tombs, including clothing, musical instruments and medical prescriptions used in the Han dynasty.


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