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

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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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