April 2, 2006:

[achtung! kunst] *archaeology* : 1,700-year old tombs excavated in Anhui

X-post from Tim 't Hart's EastAsianArch list.
With kind permission.


1,700-year old tombs excavated in Anhui

www.chinaview.cn 2006-03-05 14:17:12

HEFEI, March. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese archaeologists have discovered
five tombs dating back more than 1,700 years in east China's Anhui Province.

Located in Huaibei City, the tombs were found during construction of a
local project.

Archaeologists unearthed a bronze sword, some pieces of chinaware and
painted earthenware from the five tombs, believed tobe built in the
Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).

Among the five tombs, four are made of bricks and one is made of stone.
The largest one is a stone grave, which is about 9 meters long and 9.2
meters wide. Covering an area of 80 square meters, the tomb includes a
main room, a front room and two side rooms.

Judging from the size of the tombs, the building materials and the
funeral objects, experts conjectured the tombs belonged to a noble
family in the early Eastern Han Dynasty.

The tombs are of great significance in studying the social life during
the Eastern Han Dynasty and provide evidence for studying funerals of
the era, an expert said.




with kind regards,

Matthias Arnold (Art-Eastasia list)



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