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Archaeologists unearth 2,000-year-old tomb in east China
From:Xinhua Net  Writer:  Date:2018-02-02
 Archaeologists have finished unearthing an ancient tomb dating back 2,000 years ago in east China's Jiangxi Province.

The tomb, 4 meters long and 4 meters wide, can be traced back to the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 A.D.- 220 A.D.), said Yang Jun, who leads the excavation work.

The tomb is one of 11 tombs discovered in July last year at a construction site in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi. Archaeologists said the tombs were built in different periods of history.

Experts ascertained the time of the tomb based on coins unearthed from the underground chambers, he said.

"The tomb is made from bricks and wooden structures. Funeral objects included lacquered containers and textiles," Yang said.

Archaeologists said the body of an adult woman and the bodies of five children, aged between five to 14, were found in the tomb.

"The tomb is rather uncustomary because usually there is a body of a male in the chamber, but oddly there is none in this one. We are still studying to make out the relations between the female and the children," Yang said.

Nanchang is home to many cemeteries dating back thousands of years. In 2015, the tomb of the Marquis of Haihun was unearthed near Nanchang. The tomb is part of China's most complete Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.- 25 A.D.) cemetery. More than 10,000 artifacts have been unearthed so far.


 
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