English home Forum Photo Gallery Features Newsletter Archive   About US Help Site Map
- Newsletter
- Online Community
- China Biz Info
- News Archive
- Feedback
- Voices of Readers
- Weather Forecast
 RSS Feeds
- China 
- Business 
- World 
- Sci-Edu 
- Culture/Life 
- Sports 
- Photos 
- Most Popular 
- FM Briefings 
 About China
- China at a glance
- China in brief 2004
- Chinese history
- Constitution
- Laws & regulations
- CPC & state organs
- Ethnic minorities
- Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping
English websites of Chinese embassies

Home >> Life
UPDATED: 16:55, December 11, 2006
1,300-year-old boat-shaped tombs excavated in NW China
font size    

Chinese archaeologists discovered 28 boat-shaped tombs dating back more than 1,300 years in Shangluo City, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

Meanwhile, the experts unearthed large number of pottery figures and utensils as well as bronze mirrors and coins recently.

Located in the Shangzhou District, the 28 tombs line side to side from the top to the bottom of a five-meter highland. The tombs are about two to 2.4 meters long, one to 1.5 meter wide and 0.7 to 1.1 meter high.

The bricks of the tomb chamber formed elliptic vaulting on the top, making the tombs look like headstand boats, which were rare in shape among the tombs in the period.

The archaeologists found that the earth around these tombs was pounded and were surprised to see that tomb bricks were carved with fine patterns of strings of beads and rhombus.

The experts said the tombs belonged to a noble family in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), judging from the size of the tombs, building materials and funeral objects.

The discovery is of great significance in studying funeral rituals cherished by officials and nobilities in the area during the Tang Dynasty, they said.

Source: Xinhua

Comments on the story Comment on the story Recommend to friends Tell a friend Print friendly Version Print friendly format Save to disk Save this

- Text Version
- RSS Feeds
- China Forum
- Newsletter
- People's Comment
- Most Popular
 Related News
- 70 ancient tombs of noble families unearthed in SW China


Manufacturers, Exporters, Wholesalers - Global trade starts here.
Copyright by People's Daily Online, all rights reserved