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Ancient tomb group unearthed in Shaanxi

2019-02-17 00:00:00 作者:admin 栏目:未知

ArchaeologistsinnorthwestChina'sShaanxiProvincesaidFridaytheyhavediscoveredanancienttombgroupdatingbackmorethan1,500yearsinavillageintheprovince.

ArchaeologistswiththeShaanxiAcademyofArchaeologysaidthataclusterof12tombsdatingbacktotheSixteenKingdoms(304-439A.D.)wasexcavatedfrom2017to2018inLeijiaVillageofXixianNewArea,alongwithsacrificialsitesandmillet.

Thetombsarelaidoutintworows,andeachtombconsistsofatombpassage,adoorandapathleadingtothecoffinchamber,accordingtoLiuDaiyun,aresearcherwiththeacademy.

"Somenewburialcustoms,suchasplacingstonesinasmallpitatthecornerofthetombandthefeetofsomeofthebodiesinthetombsbeinghelddownbysquarestones,havebeendiscoveredforthefirsttime,"Liusaid.

Themajorityoftheburialobjectswerepotteryware,includingfigurinesofwarriors,servantsandanimals,jarsandlamps.Somebronzeaccessoriessuchasmirrors,stamps,hairclaspsandpins,braceletsandbellsandseveralkindsofbronzecoinswereunearthed.

Amongthesecoins,ararecoincastintheLaterZhao,oneofthekingdomsduringthisperiod,wasanimportantreferenceforarchaeologiststodeterminethedateofthetombs,Liusaid.

Archaeologistsalsofoundskullsofpigletsintwotombsandalargeamountofweatheredmilletshell.

"Basedonthedistributionofthetombs,itcanbedeterminedthatthetombsbelongedtoafamily.WewillfurtherdeterminetherelationshipsofthetombownersthroughDNAtests,"Liuadded.

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