GUANGZHOU: A tomb with more than 1,000 years of history was unearthed in
downtown Guangzhou recently, according to the local archaeology institute.
"We prospected the region for antiquities for a long time before discovering
the tomb last month," Ma Jianguo, a researcher with the Guangzhou Research
Institute of Historical Relics and Archaeology, said yesterday.
Ma said the red brick tomb was built in the Southern Dynasty (AD420-589) for
people of wealth.
The tomb is located in the eastern part of the city on Huanshidong Road, one
of Guangzhou's busiest areas.
During the Southern Dynasty, it was a suburban area, where many tombs were
The tomb is rectangular in shape, about 8 m long, 3 m wide and 90 cm deep.
The tomb has front and back chambers connected with an aisle. A well
measuring about half a square meter lies in the middle of the tomb.
Archaeologists found four green glazed porcelain oil lamps but no human
Ma said indications that the tomb was built in the Southern Dynasty are the
design of the lamps and the tomb structure.
The location of the tomb is now a construction site covering more than 6,000
Ma said they had dug in one-third of the construction site.
Since the tomb could be one of a group, other tombs maybe unearthed nearby in
Ma said construction has been stopped until the research is completed.
He said they would determine a way to protect the tomb.
(China Daily 07/10/2007 page5)