Chinese archaeologists unearth ancient tombs, relics

16:18, October 12, 2011      

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NANCHANG, Oct. 11 (Xinhua)-- Archaeologists in east China's Jiangxi Province have unearthed more than 50 pieces of cultural relics from a cluster of tombs dating back about 1,400 years, sources with the provincial archaeological institution said Tuesday.

Excavation work started in August, and archaeologists have retrieved more than 50 pieces of celadon wares from six tombs believed to have been built during the Sui Dynasty (581-618 AD) and early Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), said Wang Shanghai, deputy chief of the Jiangxi Archaeological Study Center.

Wang said the tombs are thought to belong to a family, judging by their array. The largest tomb is 7.65 meters long and 2.2 meters wide.

The celadon wares, mostly including household utensils like pots, bowls and inkstone, were products from the then-famous Hongzhou Kiln, said Zhang Wenjiang, an archaeological research fellow with the center.

The center's chief Pan Changsheng said the findings would shed light on the study of funeral culture in the Sui and Tang dynasties.


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