UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A mummified human body found at a construction site in Tehran may belong to a former Iranian ruler.

The remains were found this week near where a royal mausoleum once stood before it was destroyed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The mausoleum had been the final resting place of Reza Shah Pahlavi.

Reza Shah founded the Pahlavi dynasty and was a leading figure in modernizing Iran during World War II.

He was forced to abdicate to his son and died in exile in 1944.

His son, Mohammad Reza Shah, later became Iran’s last shah before being overthrown during the Islamic Revolution.  

The elder Reza Shah’s body was never found after his mausoleum was destroyed by revolutionaries.

Authorities said they planned to carry out a DNA test on the mummy to determine its identity.

If it is indeed Reza Shah, the discovery could fuel anti-regime sentiments.