Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Twenty Han Dynasty Tombs Discovered Near Three Gorges Dam

Sounds like a fantastic discovery, but there is no timeline given in the article -- this could have been found years ago and just now released to the public: 

From the Latin American Herald Tribune
The date is today, but I think this was probably reported over the weekend.

20 Han Dynasty Tombs Found Near Three Gorges Dam

BEIJING – Twenty tombs from the Han dynasty (206 B.C-220 A.D.) have been discovered close to Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric power station, in the southwest Chinese municipality of Chongqing, the official news agency Xinhua said Saturday.

According to the Chongqing Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, archaeologists came upon the burial sites in Ma’anshan on the banks of the Yangtze River in the Fengdu region.

Discovered inside the tombs were 430 objects, from ceramics to works in iron and bronze.

The discovery will provide Chinese archaeologists with important data about the funerary customs, economic conditions and social structure at the time of the Han dynasty, the source said.

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