1,400 year-old ancient tombs found in SW China
CHENGDU, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Archaeologists discovered seven tombs dating back more than 1,400 years in the southwestern Chinese city of Langzhong, the city's cultural heritage administration said Monday.
The tombs, dating back to the Northern and Southern dynasties (420-589 A.D.), were found at a road construction site in Baozhusi Village. Local authorities have conducted timely protection and clean-up of the site, according to Liu Fuli, deputy director of the administration.
Among the seven tombs, three were discovered on Feb. 18, with patterns of birds and geometry. The others were uncovered on Feb. 29, only one of which was relatively well preserved, with relics including a pottery pot excavated. Villagers also found pieces of an iron kettle, celadon pot, pottery pot and other artifacts outside the tomb door.
Judging by the patterns and the shape of the tombs as well as the characteristics of the unearthed relics, preliminary research shows the seven tombs were all built in the Southern and Northern dynasties, Liu said.
"The discovery is of great archaeological value to the study of the history and funeral culture during that time," Liu said.