165 ancient tombs found in east China

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Archaeologists have found a total of 165 ancient tombs at a single ancient site in east China’s Shandong Province.

165 ancient tombs found in east China
165 ancient tombs found in east China

165 ancient tombs found in east China

165 ancient tombs found in east China
Credit: Shandong Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology




The tombs, unearthed in the city of Heze, include 156 that date back to the Han Dynasty (202 BC-AD 220) and nine from the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-221 BC), according to Shandong’s institute of cultural relics and archaeology.

165 ancient tombs found in east China

165 ancient tombs found in east China

165 ancient tombs found in east China

165 ancient tombs found in east China
Credit: Shandong Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology

All of the tombs belong to the 1.3-hectare Sundayuan Site, the recent excavation of which also revealed five pits from the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) and 27 from the Neolithic Longshan Culture, said Sun Qirui, an archaeologist with the institute.




Sun said that among the Han Dynasty tombs were earthen tombs with brick coffins and pottery figurines, and brick tombs complete with passage structures.

165 ancient tombs found in east China
165 ancient tombs found in east China

165 ancient tombs found in east China
165 ancient tombs found in east China
Credit: Shandong Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology




While few items were found in the Shang Dynasty pits, the Longshan Culture pits boast abundant artifacts, including pottery pieces carrying different patterns, he said.

165 ancient tombs found in east China

165 ancient tombs found in east China

165 ancient tombs found in east China

165 ancient tombs found in east China
Credit: Shandong Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology

The long time span of the Sundayuan Site has offered precious insight into cultural evolution and integration in the area, researchers have said.

Source: Xinhua News Agency [April 12, 2021]

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