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Family tomb of ancient bronzeware artisans identified in Central China

Archaeologists in central China’s Henan Province said they have identified 42 tombs unearthed since 2017 to be a family tomb of bronzeware artisans dating back over 3,000 years.











Family tomb of ancient bronzeware artisans identified in Central China
Aerial photo of the family tomb of bronzeware artisans of the Shang Dynasty in Anyang,
central China’s Henan Province [Credit: Xinhua/Li An]

The tomb complex is China’s first identified family tomb of bronzeware artisans of the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC), said He Yuling, researcher of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
The 42 tombs were unearthed in the ruins of a workshop of ritual bronzeware for royal families excavated in August 2015.


Family tomb of ancient bronzeware artisans identified in Central China

Family tomb of ancient bronzeware artisans identified in Central China










Family tomb of ancient bronzeware artisans identified in Central China
Excavations at the family tomb of bronzeware artisans of the Shang Dynasty in Anyang,
central China’s Henan Province [Credit: Xinhua/Li An]


Family tomb of ancient bronzeware artisans identified in Central China

Family tomb of ancient bronzeware artisans identified in Central China










Family tomb of ancient bronzeware artisans identified in Central China
Artefacts unearthed from the family tomb of bronzeware artisans of the Shang Dynasty
are displayed in Anyang, central China’s Henan Province [Credit: Xinhua/Li An]

Tools such as pottery moulds, copper knives and polishing stones were also found in the tombs.


The unearthed tombs of artisans will help researchers study bronzeware techniques and the role and hierarchy of artisans in the Shang Dynasty, He said.


Source: Xinhua News Agency [July 02, 2019]



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