Archaeologists unearth 35 Tang Dynasty tombs in China

(ORDO NEWS) — In China, during exploration work in the east of the country, archaeologists discovered and unearthed 35 tombs dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).

The discovery is reported by the Xinhua news agency, citing data from the provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.

It was made by a local archaeological team in the city of Liaocheng, located in the eastern province of Shandong.

Over 110 cultural relics were found inside brick tombs of large and small sizes, made of various materials, such as ceramics, porcelain, bronze, iron, lacquered wood and shellfish.

The tombs have been dated according to their original architecture, typical of the Tang Dynasty. Moreover, the age of fifteen tombs was determined very accurately.

Archaeologists paid particular attention to the white porcelain bowls and lacquered plates found in the burials.

These artifacts have already provided scientists with new material to study the burial rites and customs of the late Tang Dynasty in the region.

Also, epitaphs were found in the tombs, which have already been deciphered.

They tell about the owners of the tombs, about their position in society and the age at which they died. By the way, epitaphs will also help historians in studying the way of life of that distant period of time.

By the way, a stone tablet more than 700 years old was found a few days earlier in the Hebei province in northern China – it dates back to 1286, that is, it refers to the period of the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368).

The artifact was found by archaeologists in Longyao County, in the village of Gongzi. The experts found that the text on the tablet lists the merits and virtues of a local family named Wang.

The artifact is 1.52 meters high and 0.76 meters wide. The text is engraved on the front side, it consists of 18 lines. It was probably a slab with an epitaph installed in Wang’s tomb.

The inscription describes the deeds of his ancestors, who worked in the fields all their lives, bought houses with the proceeds, showed filial respect to the elders in the house and helped the poor.


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