Ancient epitaph found in north China province
SHIJIAZHUANG, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- A 477-year-old epitaph has been found in Linxi County in northern China's Hebei Province, local authorities said Wednesday.
The epitaph, dating back to 1542 in the Ming Dynasty (1384-1644), was found in the foundation of a local farmer's home as he was building new rooms.
The stone epitaph, measuring 70 cm long, 70 cm wide and 16 cm thick, has 610 characters. It is a record of the life history, family members and official positions of the tomb owner -- Zhang Xiang, a local education official during the ruling period of Emperor Jiajing of the Ming Dynasty.
The epitaph praises Zhang's moral quality of being fair and upright and that he had recommended excellent talents for the imperial government regardless of personal gains or losses, said Wan Wenli, local history and culture researcher.
It has provided valuable materials for the research on the history of southern Hebei Province and the research on the changes of politics, culture, and geography in the Ming Dynasty, according to Wan.