French archaeologists have uncovered an exceptionally well-preserved body of a 17th century noblewoman during excavations in a Jacobin convent in the city of Rennes.
The 350-year old mummy, identified as a widow called Louise de Quengo, Lady of Brefeillac, was found in a lead coffin alongside the embalmed heart of her husband.
Incredibly, most of her clothing has survived. She is dressed in a religious habit, including a cape, twill dress, linen shirt, stockings and cork-soled shoes.
After removing the preserved body, researchers performed an autopsy, which they hope will tell them more about the woman’s health and identify her cause of death.
The action is expected to reveal its findings at an archaeology conference in Rennes.