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UPDATED: 10:37, May 01, 2006
Ancient tombs discovered in NW China
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A dozen of tombs, with the oldest dating back more than 600 years, have been discovered in Lueyang County of northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

Covering a total area of 60 square meters, the tombs, discovered at the construction site of a local power plant,

belong to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) respectively.

Archaeologists excavated a number of gravestones carving with names and titles of the tomb owners, among which the owners of a double-coffin tomb enjoyed high-rank status in late period of the Ming Dynasty.

Also unearthed are hundreds of funerary objects, including bronze articles, jade items, lacquerware, pottery and chinaware.

Local archaeologists said the tombs, one to seven meters underground, will provide valuable clues for study on tomb building and local funeral custom of the periods.

Source: Xinhua

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