25 tombs over 3,000 years old found in Central China

(ORDO NEWS) — Archaeologists have discovered 25 tombs dating back to the late Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) in central China‘s Hunan Province, Xinhua News Agency reported June 5.

According to the Hunan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology, the Heiyuling tomb complex in Qiuziqi Township in Miluo City covers tens of thousands of square meters.

Employees are cleaning and restoring more than 50 recovered items, including pots and fu, a type of cauldron in ancient China, said Sheng Wei, an institute official.

The archaeological team also excavated two Shang Dynasty sites north of the tomb complex and found pits, houses, kilns and other relics from the period, as well as pottery and stone tools.

The tomb complex is the first late Shang Dynasty mass burial site in Hunan province, Sheng said, representing a breakthrough in understanding ancient burials in the eastern Dongting Lake, China’s second-largest freshwater lake.

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