среда, 18 декабря 2019 г.

Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China


Archaeologists have excavated 73 ancient tombs dating back 1,400 years ago in east China's Jiangxi Province, the local institute of cultural relics and archaeology said this week. It is believed that the majority of the discovered tombs were built in the Six Dynasties (222-589).

Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Credit: Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism


The 8,000-square-metre site, located in Ganjiang New District, the city of Nanchang, was discovered in June 2013. Excavation started in August 2018.

Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Credit: Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism


Over 700 items of porcelain, pottery, metal, and stoneware, including furniture, figurines and weapons, were unearthed at the site.

Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Credit: Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism


The porcelain was believed to be produced in central China's Hunan Province, eastern China's Zhejiang Province and Jiangxi Province, indicating the prosperous trade and shipping along the Yangtze River, China's longest river, and providing evidence for the study of the ancient maritime silk road.

Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Credit: Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism


"Compared with other discoveries of the period, this cluster is rare in size, number and layout. Different regional features were also seen in the tombs," said Wei Zheng, professor of Peking University's School of Archaeology and Museology.

Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Ancient tomb clusters unearthed in Eastern China
Credit: Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism
"It is significant for the study of Nanchang's history and development, as well as the cultural exchange and ethnic integration in ancient China," Wei added.

Source: Xinhua News Agency [December 08, 2019]



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