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Ancient tomb discovered at construction site in N China


The excavation of an ancient tomb is currently underway at a construction site in the Chuaigutuan village of Yangyuan county, North China's Hebei province.

Ancient tomb discovered at construction site in N China
Archaeologists work during the excavation of an ancient tomb in the Chuaigutuan village 
of Yangyuan county, North China's Hebei province [Credit: VCG]
The tomb was first discovered at the end of May, with a collapsed chamber and was flooded due to an underground water leakage.

Ancient tomb discovered at construction site in N China
A snapshot of a flooded tomb chamber due to an underground water leakage [Credit: VCG]
Burial objects such as copper coins, a bronze mirror and pottery, as well as five skeletons, have been unearthed, according to the local administration of cultural heritage.

Ancient tomb discovered at construction site in N China
Burial objects, including skeletons, are unearthed from the ancient tomb in the Chuaigutuan village 
of Yangyuan county, North China's Hebei province [Credit: VCG]
Based on the objects unearthed, archaeologists were able to conclude the tomb could trace back to the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220).

Ancient tomb discovered at construction site in N China
Ancient tomb discovered at construction site in N China
A bronze spoon and mirror unearthed from the ancient tomb in the Chuaigutuan village 
of Yangyuan county, North China's Hebei province [Credit: VCG]
The local administration of cultural heritage will further carry out the excavation of ancient tomb to uncover the owner's identity.

Ancient tomb discovered at construction site in N China
An archaeologist studies the pottery unearthed from the ancient tomb in the Chuaigutuan village 
of Yangyuan county, North China's Hebei province [Credit: VCG]
Representatives of the local administration of cultural heritage also said the tomb could potentially provide clues for the study of social and economic statues, and the burial customs of the Eastern Han Dynasty in Yangyuan area.

Source: China Daily [June 16, 2017]
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