It’s rare to find a mummy wearing an outfit. But this exceptionally preserved body spent more than 350 years fully clothed in a lead coffin before being undressed during an autopsy (see video above).

The mummy was discovered a few years ago by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research while investigating the burial grounds of a convent in Rennes, France.

They were able to identify her as noblewoman Louise de Quengo, thanks to the inscription on a lead heart, pictured below, found with her body, which contains the real heart of her husband, and historical records of her burial.

(Image: Rozenn Colleter/Inrap)

Surprisingly, the body still had soft tissue and organs, even though most mummies of that age are limited to bones and teeth. In a virtual autopsy,Movie CameraFabrice Dedouit of the University of Toulouse and his team could see kidney stones, which are likely to have plagued her before her death.

DNA samples from her lungs are also being examined to look for traces of pathogens typical at that time, such as tuberculosis and Streptococcus.

The mummy’s clothes are being restored to gain further insight into her life and status in the 17th century. As a wealthy widow, she is likely to have been given the privilege of living in the convent after her husband died.

Scanning techniques have previously allowed researchersto reconstruct an ancient Egyptian man’s face.

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