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Archaeological work ends on site of ancient tombs

By Fang Sha ( chinadaily.com.cn )

update: 2014-08-13

Archaeological work ends on site of ancient tombs

The appearance of the stone chamber from the Northern Wei Dynasty tomb after repair [Photo/dtnews.cn]

After three months' archaeological work, a group of ancient tombs, discovered in Yunbo Road, Datong city in North China's Shanxi province in April, is now fully excavated.

The discovery yielded 29 tombs from the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534), one from the Liao or Jin dynasties (916-1234) and 40 from the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Archaeologists said the relics are of great value in the study of ancient culture, economics, arts, architecture and social life.

The site was first discovered by the construction team of the Huayu Business Center project.

The most valuable tomb is a Northern Wei Dynasty stone chamber, containing the coffin of a woman, aged 40 to 50. There were also many pottery figurines and objects unearthed.

Judging by the funerary objects, the owner must have been a noble but due to the lack of inscription or any text documentation, her identity remains a mystery.

In addition, frescoes were found in some of the tombs.

Some of the funerary objects are under repair and will be exhibited at the city museum after restoration.

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