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Four ancient tombs unearthed in China's Hunan


Chinese archaeologists have discovered a number of objects from four tombs dating back 1,900 years in central China's Hunan Province, the provincial cultural relics and archaeology institute said on Saturday.


Four ancient tombs unearthed in China's Hunan
Aerial photo of Tomb M1 [Credit: Hunan Provincial Institute
of Cultural Relics and Archaeology]



The tombs are located in Guiyang County. Unearthed objects include 81 pieces of pottery, ironware, glassware, silverware and bronzeware.


Four ancient tombs unearthed in China's Hunan
Aerial photo of Tomb M3 [Credit: Hunan Provincial Institute
of Cultural Relics and Archaeology]

Four ancient tombs unearthed in China's Hunan
Artefacts unearthed from Tomb M2 [Credit: Hunan Provincial Institute
of Cultural Relics and Archaeology]

Four ancient tombs unearthed in China's Hunan
Ironware unearthed from Tomb M1 [Credit: Hunan Provincial Institute
of Cultural Relics and Archaeology]



Based on the inscription on one of the tombs and the characteristics of the unearthed objects, the archaeologists believe the tombs are from a time from the mid-Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) to the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), about 1,700 to 1,900 years ago.


Four ancient tombs unearthed in China's Hunan
Silver pendant unearthed from Tomb M2 [Credit: Hunan Provincial Institute
of Cultural Relics and Archaeology]

Four ancient tombs unearthed in China's Hunan
Copper coins unearthed from Tomb M4 [Credit: Hunan Provincial Institute
of Cultural Relics and Archaeology]

Four ancient tombs unearthed in China's Hunan
Stone axe unearthed from M3 fill [Credit: Hunan Provincial Institute
of Cultural Relics and Archaeology]



Accessories including pendants, glassware and silver earrings that were found in two tombs indicate that the tomb owners were likely women, the archaeologists said.


Four ancient tombs unearthed in China's Hunan
Decorative brickwork from Tomb M1 [Credit: Hunan Provincial Institute
of Cultural Relics and Archaeology]

Four ancient tombs unearthed in China's Hunan
Decorative tiles from Tomb M2 [Credit: Hunan Provincial Institute
of Cultural Relics and Archaeology]

Four ancient tombs unearthed in China's Hunan
"Yongchu Four Years" Commemorative Brick from Tomb M3 [Credit: Hunan Provincial
Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology]

"The discoveries are of great importance to the study of the funeral customs, economy, culture and social development from the Eastern Han Dynasty to the Three Kingdoms Period in southern Hunan," said institute staffer Chen Bin.


Source: Xinhua News Agency [October 31, 2021]



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