The stone tomb was found in 2019 by workers repairing storm drains 650 kilometers from Beijing.
Archaeologists who studied it found that the building was decorated with figures of lions, sea anemones, flowers and guardian spirits (one female figure, the other male).
The inner chamber of the tomb is made of bricks resembling carved wood, which probably have not been painted.
The remains of three people are buried in the tomb – two adults aged 50 to 60 years and one child aged six to eight years.
Archaeologists also found a land coupon here with inscriptions indicating that the tomb was built between 1190 and 1196 AD, when the region was under the rule of the Jin state.
Although many of the empire’s subjects were ethnic Han, the imperial family was descended from the Jurchen, a semi-nomadic people from northeast China.
Today their close relatives are the Manchus and the Evenks. According to the 1207 census, the population of the Jurchen state of Jin was 53 million people.
Accurate information about the age of the tomb, obtained from the land coupon, will allow the dating of other structures in the region.
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