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‘Elixir of immortality’ found in central China’s ancient tomb

Archaeologists in central China’s Henan Province said Friday that the liquid found in a bronze pot unearthed from a Western Han Dynasty (202 BC-8 AD) tomb is an “elixir of life” recorded in ancient Taoist literature.











'Elixir of immortality' found in central China's ancient tomb
Archaeologists in central China’s Henan province said have found a bronze pot which they believe contains
a sample of the legendary ‘Elixir of Life’ referred to in ancient Chinese text [Credit: VCG]

About 3.5 litres of the liquid was excavated from the tomb of a noble family in the city of Luoyang last October. It was initially judged by archaeologists to be liquor as it gave off an alcohol aroma.
However, further lab research found that the liquid is mainly made up of potassium nitrate and alunite, the main ingredients of an immortality medicine mentioned in an ancient Taoist text, according to Pan Fusheng, leading archaeologist of the excavation project.











'Elixir of immortality' found in central China's ancient tomb
Archaeologists unearth the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC-8 AD) tomb in Luoyang,
  Central China’s Henan Province [Credit: VCG]

“It is the first time that mythical ‘immortality medicines’ have been found in China,” said Shi Jiazhen, head of the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology in Luoyang.
“The liquid is of significant value for the study of ancient Chinese thoughts on achieving immortality and the evolution of Chinese civilization,” Shi added.











'Elixir of immortality' found in central China's ancient tomb
A pair of bronze pots are unearthed from the Western Han Dynasty tomb in Luoyang,
Central China’s Henan Province [Credit: VCG]

A large number of color-painted clay pots, jadeware and bronze artifacts were also unearthed from the tomb, which covers 210 square metres. The remains of the tomb occupant have also been preserved.


“The tomb provides valuable material for study of the life of Western Han nobles as well as the funeral rituals and customs of the period,” Pan said.


Source: Xinhua News Agency [March 03, 2019]



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