Archaeologists have excavated 12 ancient tombs dating back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) in Jinan, in east China’s Shandong Province, the local archaeology institute said Wednesday.
|Credit: Jinan Archaeological Research Institute
The tomb cluster, which includes 11 tombs with exquisitely carved brick murals and one tomb with a stone chamber, was unearthed in the eastern suburbs of the provincial capital, said the institute’s director Li Ming.
Credit: Jinan Archaeological Research Institute
Written evidence found at the site suggests the tombs belonged to a family surnamed Guo in the late Yuan Dynasty, according to Li, noting this was the largest cluster of Yuan Dynasty brick mural tombs unearthed in the province.
“The tombs were arranged in an orderly and apparently planned way, and some of the owners were related by blood, providing new material for the study of the arrangement of family cemeteries in the Yuan Dynasty,” Li said.