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Tang Dynasty tombs discovered in China's Shanxi

Updated: Mar 20, 2023 Xinhua Print
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This undated photo provided by the Shanxi provincial institute of archaeology shows a porcelain tea set unearthed from a tomb dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) found in Changzhi of North China's Shanxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]

TAIYUAN -- Three tombs dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) have been found in North China's Shanxi province, according to the provincial institute of archaeology.

The tombs, which are in earth-caved shapes and clearly dated, were found near a sports center in the city of Changzhi during excavations conducted between April and May 2022, said the institute.

During the excavations, a total of 30 tombs were unearthed. Of the tombs, five can be dated back to the Tang Dynasty and the other 25 can be dated back to the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), said Li Hui, who participated in the excavation project.

From the three clearly-dated tombs, archaeologists unearthed 48 pieces or sets of burial objects, including five well-preserved earthen figurines and a tea set featuring different textures.

"Based on the epitaphs of the three tombs, we know that their owners were all officials," Li said. "The findings provide new materials for the study of the ancient burial and social cultures in the region and during the period."

This undated photo provided by the Shanxi provincial institute of archaeology shows a figurine depicting the guardian beast of tombs unearthed from a tomb dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in Changzhi of North China's Shanxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

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