2,200 year old boat coffins unearthed in SW China
Chinese archaeologists said Wednesday they have unearthed a large cluster of boat coffin tombs dating back 2,200 years that will shed light on ancient indigenous culture.
|Archaeologists clean a Chuanguan boat coffin tomb |
As of mid-January, workers with Chengdu Cultural Relics and Archaeology Institute have excavated 47 tombs, said the institute Wednesday.
|An archaeologist works on a Chuanguan boat coffin tomb|
The cluster belonged to the indigenous Shu culture and contains elements of the Chu and Qin cultures.
|Archaeologists have uncovered more than 300 pieces of pottery |
Workers have dug up more than 300 pieces of pottery, bronze, iron and bamboo as well as weapons, coins and 11 seals, said Gong Yangmin, head of the excavation team.
|A bronze sword unearthed from one of the Chuanguan boat coffin tombs |
"Glass beads like dragonfly eyes were exotic at the time. They were probably imported via the Silk Road," said Gong.
|The group of tombs was discovered last September by construction workers |
Boat coffins have been found in Pujiang seven times. Construction work at the site has been suspended and the county government plans to build a museum there.
Source: Xinhua [February 09, 2017]