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More than 100 Han Dynasty tombs unearthed in Henan Province


On Monday, Henan Province's Cultural Relics Department announced that an excavation near Zhoukou, a prefecture-level city in the province, has unearthed tombs, pottery and coins dating from the Han Dynasty (206BC-AD220). According to department representatives, the finds will help provide a window into lives of the people and the major industries of the period.

More than 100 Han Dynasty tombs unearthed in Henan Province
A Han Dynasty tomb discovered at the Zhoukou excavation site in Henan Province 
[Credit: Liu Haiwang]
More than 120 tombs were found at the excavation site, including 105 Han Dynasty tombs and 15 tombs from the Song (960-1279) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911).

More than 100 Han Dynasty tombs unearthed in Henan Province
Pottery figurines from the Han Dynasty discovered at the Zhoukou excavation site in Henan Province 
[Credit: Liu Haiwang]
A total of 487 pottery works were discovered along with the tombs. While a majority of these were food vessels, several household items and 40 pottery figurines were also found.

More than 100 Han Dynasty tombs unearthed in Henan Province
Coins from the Han Dynasty's Wangmang period [Credit: Liu Haiwang]
The coins unearthed at the site are believed to be Wuzhu coins, one of the longest-lived currencies in the world. Other coins discovered date from the Han Dynasty's Wang Mang period (AD 8-23) and the Song Dynasty.

More than 100 Han Dynasty tombs unearthed in Henan Province
A Han Dynasty pottery figurine discovered at the Zhoukou excavation site in Henan Province 
[Credit: Liu Haiwang]
"The excavation provides basic information that we can use to understand funeral rites during the Han, Song and Qing dynasties and also provides rich supplemental material for studying people's daily lives," an archaeologist with the excavation told the China News Service.

Source: Ecns [November 18, 2017]
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