Ancient tomb of Northern Zhou Dynasty discovered in Xi’an

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Archaeologists announced on Tuesday that an ancient tomb belonging to the Tuyuhun Huihua Princess during the early Chinese Northern Zhou Dynasty (557-581) was discovered in Chang’an district of Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province.

Ancient tomb of Northern Zhou Dynasty discovered in Xi'an
This photo shows the inside of the ancient tomb of the Northern Zhou Dynasty (557-581) 
discovered in Chang’an district of Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province. 
Experts are saying the owner is believed to be a princess of ancient nomads 
[Credit: Chinanews]

According to Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, two human skeletons and a total of 166 pieces of burial objects were found inside the tomb. The objects included warrior figurines, bronze wares, and inscriptions.

Ancient tomb of Northern Zhou Dynasty discovered in Xi'an
Ancient tomb of Northern Zhou Dynasty discovered in Xi'an
Ancient tomb of Northern Zhou Dynasty discovered in Xi'an
Photo shows various figurines discovered inside of an ancient tomb of the Northern 
Zhou Dynasty (557-581) in Chang’an district of Xi’an, Shaanxi province 
[Credit: Chinanews]

Based on the information from burial sites, archaeologists concluded that the tomb must belong to the Tuyuhun Huihua Princess of an ancient nomadic tribe in the early Northern Zhou Dynasty (557-581).

Ancient tomb of Northern Zhou Dynasty discovered in Xi'an
Ancient tomb of Northern Zhou Dynasty discovered in Xi'an
Figurines discovered inside of an ancient tomb of the Northern Zhou 
Dynasty (557-581) in Chang’an district of Xi’an, Shaanxi province 
[Credit: Chinanews]

Tuyuhun was a powerful kingdom established by nomadic tribes related to the Xianbei in the Qilian Mountains and upper Yellow River valley in ancient China.

Ancient tomb of Northern Zhou Dynasty discovered in Xi'an
Photo shows the tomb guardian beasts discovered inside of an ancient tomb of the 
Northern Zhou Dynasty (557-581) in Chang’an district of Xi’an, Shaanxi province 
[Credit: Chinanews]

Archaeologists said the discovery helps learning the historical changes of ethnic groups in ancient China.

Source: People’s Daily [December 17, 2015]

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