Chariot, horse pits unearthed in central China

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Chinese archaeologists have unearthed at least 28 chariots and 49 pairs of horse skeletons while excavating a group of ancient tombs in central China’s Hubei Province. Liu Xu is a professor from the School of Archaeology at Peking University.

Chariot, horse pits unearthed in central China
Aerial view of the ancient tombs in central China’s Hubei Province [Credit: cssn.cn]

“This chariot and horse pit is different from those discovered previously along the Yangtze River. The chariots and horses were densely buried. Many of the wheels were taken off and the rest parts of the chariots were placed one by one.”

Chariot, horse pits unearthed in central China
Chariot, horse pits unearthed in central China
Chariot, horse pits unearthed in central China
Chariot, horse pits unearthed in central China
A team of archaeologists Thursday completed the excavation of four horse and 
chariot pits of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770 BC-256 BC) in Luoyang 
[Credit: Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoli]

The 2,800-year-old group of tombs dates back to the Spring and Autumn Period, with at least 30 tombs of various sizes discovered.

Preliminary studies show that the tombs belong to high-ranking nobles.

Source: China.org [January 07, 2015]