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'Deluxe' carriage from 2,500 years ago unveiled in China


Archaeologists at the archaeology research institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences have unveiled the details of a deluxe carriage unearthed in a cemetery dating back to the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-256 BC) in north China's Hebei Province.

'Deluxe' carriage from 2,500 years ago unveiled in China
'Deluxe' carriage from 2,500 years ago unveiled in China
Credit: Xinhua
According to the archaeologists, the carriage is 142.5 cm wide, 106 cm in length and has two wheels with a diameter of 140 centimeters and 38 spokes each. The large volume of the carriage is rare for those that date back to the times before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), said Li Cunxin, an associate researcher.


The archaeologists also found many exquisite patterns painted on the surface of the carriage and a pair of beast-shaped metal badges embedded into the carriage that have gold foil decorations stuck to them, which still hold their shine even after being underground for such a long period of time.

'Deluxe' carriage from 2,500 years ago unveiled in China
'Deluxe' carriage from 2,500 years ago unveiled in China
Credit: Xinhua
Researchers speculated that the occupant of the cemetery was high up in the social pecking order and could be at the level of a tribal leader.


The archaeological team is currently trying to further unveil the details of the carriage via various technologies before fully restoring the finding in the future.

Source: Xinhua [December 10, 2018]

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