Tombstone from Tang Dynasty discovered in northern China

(ORDO NEWS) — An ancient burial with a gravestone inscription dating back to 670, i.e. during the reign of the Tang dynasty / 618-907 /, was discovered by archaeologists in the province of Hebei in northern China.

The grave was found during the construction of a road in Lincheng County, Xingtai City, the county cultural heritage protection department said.

Above the epitaph, consisting of 209 hieroglyphs, a relief depicting a rabbit is carved. Ceramic figurines of people and animals, bowls and other funerary objects were also found in the tomb.

According to Suo Lixia, director of the county cultural relic depository, the epitaph provides additional historical information for studying the geographical evolution of Lincheng, a thousand-year-old county that was called Fangzi in ancient times.

The find also has historical value for understanding family culture and burial customs during the Tang Dynasty.


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