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Large number of ancient tombs discovered in central China


A total of 86 ancient tombs have been unearthed in central China's Hunan Province recently, the provincial archaeological research institute said Wednesday.

Large number of ancient tombs discovered in central China
Archaeologists at work at tombs found in a former factory in Yiyang City,
Central China's Hunan Province [Credit: IC]
The tombs were located in the city of Yiyang and the excavation started in December last year.

Among the discovered tombs, 82 were built in the late Warring States period (475 B.C.-221 BC), and four date back to the Six Dynasties (222-589) to Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

More than 400 items of pottery, bronze, iron, and jade ware, including swords, mirrors, and scales have also been discovered in the area.

"These items indicate that the owners of the tombs might be common people and aristocrats from middle and lower social classes," said Deng Jianqiang, from the city's cultural relics management bureau, adding that the tomb owners could be craftsmen and businessmen.

Source: XinhuaNet [May 25, 2018]

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