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Brick tomb from Song Dynasty found in Chengdu

A brick-chambered tomb from the Song Dynasty was recently discovered at a construction site in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

Brick tomb from Song Dynasty found in Chengdu

Workers at the site informed local authorities, and archaeologists have already been dispatched to the site.

A team of experts unearthed the tomb on Jan. 13. The length, width and height of the tomb are 3.15, 2.4 and 1.3 meters respectively.

Brick tomb from Song Dynasty found in Chengdu

The tomb also featured a 0.8-meter-high clay warrior at its gate. Terracotta animals, figures of civil officials, ancient bronze mirrors and title deeds for land were also discovered inside the tomb, indicating that its owner enjoyed a high social status.

Unfortunately, the tomb was partially damaged by a grave robbery. One side collapsed, and some of the burial objects were destroyed and stolen.

Brick tomb from Song Dynasty found in Chengdu

Only a small collection of copper coins survived the robbery, offering clues into the period during which they were produced.

The tomb is a valuable resource for research into the economy and culture of the Song Dynasty.

Author: Yin Xiaohong | Source: People's Daily Online [January 18, 2017]

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