(ORDO NEWS) — In the Chinese province of Henan, archaeologists have found a large group of tombs dating back to the ancient royal Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC).
The tombs also found the remains of warriors and war horses, which may have been buried alive. The complex of tombs belonged to an influential clan that lived 3,000 years ago.
The tomb was found just 2.4 kilometers from the ancient capital of Yinxu, where the ruins of a palace and an ancestral temple are located. During excavations, archaeologists discovered a whole complex consisting of 24 tombs.
This complex also included several graves with war chariots, the remains of horses and warriors. According to the Xinhua government news agency, some of the warriors wore hats with shell ties, and horse heads were decorated with gold.
“This is a very rare occurrence among Anyang’s ancient discoveries, reflecting the exclusive status and power of the crew owner, ” said Kong Deming, head of the city’s Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.
Researchers suggest that the tomb belonged to the large Tse clan. At the very least, archaeologists have found the Chinese character “Tse”, indicating belonging to a clan, on bronze ware from the excavation site.
A Pennsylvania State University study notes that the practice of “ritual suicide” by servants or “volunteers” who agree to be buried alive during the funerals of high-ranking masters was common in Shang Dynasty China.
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