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41 tombs spanning six dynasties found in China

August 14, 2011 - Beijing

About 41 ancient tombs spanning six different dynasties have been discovered in China's Jiangsu province.

The tombs belong to Eastern Han, the Six Dynasties, Tang, Song, Ming and Qing dynasties.

The area where tombs have been discovered is called 'Tomb of the Family Song', which was a big mound of 2,000 square meters, with a height of 6 meters at the highest point, before the excavation.

According to the epitaphs, most of them are family cemeteries and the earliest tombs can date back to the Song Dynasty, the People's Daily Online reports.

An archaeologist Zhang Tiejun said that all the excavated graves were of small and medium size.

One of the largest among them was the Tomb of the Family Mao, which was designed and constructed by Mao's son, when he served as the Vice Personnel Minister of the imperial government.

Archaeologists have also unearthed a wide variety of precious cultural relics, including pottery, porcelain, bronze mirror and gold hairpins from the area.


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