Song tomb's master remains mysterious

09:48, December 21, 2010      

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Archaeologists in the city of Lu’an, Anhui Province have completed unearthing an ancient tomb from the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127) on Sunday after several days’ delay due to bad weather. The tombstone epitaph however has not been found, which makes the master’s status a mystery.

The tomb is large in size with a cove structure, which makes it the biggest characteristic Song tomb in the city of Lu’an. The unearthed relics including gold & silver jewelry, fine bronze mirror and especially the lacquerware suggests that the master of the tomb must have been from an aristocratic family.

The unearthed relics from the tomb are of significant importance to the study of socio-economic conditions and burial system in the Northern Song Dynasty. Now all the bricks from the tomb have been sent to the relic conservation districts in the Chengdong development zone for preservation.

Source: Global Times
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