| 7 May 2007
2500-year-old tomb discovered in China
Archaeologists have found a 2500-year-old tomb in eastern China containing 40 coffins. The number of coffins found in the tomb in east China's Jiangxi province is unusual for that period in history, Fan Changsheng, director of the Jiangxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, said. Experts were wondering why so many were buried together and whose remains were contained in the coffins, he said.
The tomb in Lijia village in Jing'an county is believed to date back to the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770 to 221 BCE). A team of specialists will begin the delicate process of opening the coffins soon. Archaeologists began protectively excavating the site in January to thwart grave robbers who had attempted to open the rare coffins. The coffins were not damaged but some cultural relics were removed from the site, according to local police. Some were later recovered, including bronze woodworking tools, lacquered spoons and wooden combs.
Source: Perth Now (30 April 2007)
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