(ORDO NEWS) — Chinese archaeologists, while conducting exploration work in Henan province, in the center of the country, discovered an ancient artifact that helped to identify the location of the mausoleum of Emperor Liu Zhi of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD).
According to China.org.cn, archaeologists have studied the ruins located near Baitsaopo Village, Yibin District. This place is part of the city of Luoyang, which in ancient times was one of the capitals of China.
The ruins of an unknown structure were discovered several years ago, but until recently it was not possible to identify them. A new find helped to do this. During excavations, archaeologists found a round stone vessel of a basin-like shape 25 cm high and 80 cm in diameter.
Hieroglyphs were engraved on its walls. Scientists have deciphered this inscription and established that the artifact was made in the third year of the reign of Guanghe, that is, in 180 AD.
Wang Xianqiu, a junior research fellow at the Research Institute for Cultural Relics and Archeology in Luoyang City, explained that Guanghe is the title of Liu Hong, successor to Emperor Liu Zhi. According to scientists, the stone vessel was made when Liu Hong was building a mausoleum for Liu Zhi.
According to Wang, the new find is consistent with written records previously studied. All together gives the researchers confidence that the found structure is the mausoleum of Emperor Liu Zhi.
According to historical records, this ruler was buried southeast of Luoyang. At that time, this city was the capital of the Eastern Han Dynasty. Until now, scientists have not had a single archaeological evidence that would allow them to accurately identify the tomb.
It looks like now such evidence has emerged. According to Wang Xianqiu, the found artifact was made precisely during the construction of the Liu Zhi mausoleum. This discovery is of great importance for the study of the practice of burials of emperors of the Eastern Han Dynasty.
By the way, in recent years, in the area of the village of Baytsaopo, scientists have repeatedly found the ruins of ancient structures dating back thousands of years, wells, roads and even drainage canals.
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