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Large ancient tomb complex found in C. China

By Tang Yang, Zhan Tingting (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

15:06, March 23, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

A complex of ancient tombs was discovered at the project site in Dalou village, Bengbu city, Anhui province in earlier 2012, according to Bengbu Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage,

It contains 60 ancient tombs dating back to Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE) or Tang (618 –907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. The earliest tomb can date back to more than 2,000 years ago.

With further archaeological excavations, the mystery of the tombs was gradually unveiled. Archeologists have recently found a beautiful and exquisite tomb built in the period of Jin dynasty (265–420) or the Northern and Southern dynasties (420 - 589 AD), which unearthed many precious cultural relics although it had been robbed for many times.

The tomb numbered 36 locates in the middle of the tomb complex and the structure of its rooms is very exquisite, consisting of front, back and side rooms.

Archeologists found that the front and back rooms had been ransacked by grave robbers while the side rooms are well preserved. Many pottery wares, porcelains, ironware, coins and jade and stone wares had been found successively.

The tomb maybe was built in as early as the late Eastern Han dynasty period (25–220 CE) judging from the objects unearthed. But viewing from the porcelains, it should be built in the periods of Jin dynasty or the Northern and Southern dynasties, said Zhao Lanhui, director of Cultural Relics Department of the Bengbu Administration of Cultural Heritage.

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