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Sixteen ancient tombs discovered in Shandong


A collection of painted terracotta figures dating back to the West Han Dynasty (202 BC-8 AD) has been discovered on the outskirts of Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, local archaeologists said on Monday.

Sixteen ancient tombs discovered in Shandong
Credit: Peng Yu/China Daily


This is the first time painted terracotta has been unearthed in the Jiaodong Peninsula, which includes Qingdao, Yantai and Weihai.

Sixteen ancient tombs discovered in Shandong
Credit: Peng Yu/China Daily


With the help of drones and satellite navigation, an eight-month-long dig that began in June 2018 has now returned 16 ancient tombs in total. The terracotta figures were identified to be warriors and servants.

Sixteen ancient tombs discovered in Shandong
Credit: Peng Yu/China Daily


According to Lin Yuhai, director of Qingdao Municipal Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology, one of the biggest challenges now facing the team will be preservingthe figures' paintwork.

Sixteen ancient tombs discovered in Shandong
Credit: Peng Yu/China Daily
Experts and archaeologists from around the country will be involved in the preservation and protection of the findings.

Author: Xie Chuanjiao | Source: China Daily [February 13, 2019]

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