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Han Dynasty tombs found by accident

More than 50 ancient and rare relics were uncovered in a tomb excavation in Guxian County, Anhui province. The 53-tomb complex is believed to have been under construction over many dynastic periods dating back to the Eastern Han Dynasty nearly 2,000 years ago. 

More than 50 ancient and rare relics have been uncovered in a tomb excavation in Guxian County, of Anhui Province. The 53-tomb complex is thought to have been constructed over many periods as far back as the Eastern Han Dynasty, nearly 2,000 years ago [Credit: CNTV]
The tomb complex was discovered accidentally on a construction site. It contains over 50 brick tombs from the Eastern Han, Tang and Song dynasties. 

Experts identified the type of people who were buried there. 

Zhao Lanhui, deputy researcher of the Bengbu Cultural Relics Institute, said, "lying south to north would perhaps be people of four generations. Due to its size, we know the tombs come from the Song Dynasty. It's small with a simple style. 

The tombs hold a unique character that were built in an animal shape." 

Though some tombs have been plundered over the years, precious relics have emerged, such as bronze mirrors, gold and silver garments, along with pottery boxes. 

Many people buried here were considered common people, until the discovery of a special, delicate and well-preserved mirror. 

Zhou Chongwen, archaeologist, said, "It's a relatively large bronze mirror, which means the owner held social status." 

An archaeological study is continuing on into its history and the people who lived here. 

It's generating much interest in local heritage and cultural identity.  

Source: China Daily [April 13, 2012]

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