China: Nomadic Tomb Discovered In Anyang City


(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI DAILY NEWS)

Nomadic tomb discovered in Anyang City

A tomb complex likely used by nomadic people to bury their dead was recently discovered in Yinxu archeological site in Anyang City, Henan Province.

Over 90 tombs were excavated, among which 18 were believed to have been the final resting place of a nomadic group. The tombs are believed to be around 1,800 years old, according to the Institute of Archeology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Anyang station.

Shen Wenxi, with the station, said evidence has been found indicating that Dasikong Village, the area where the tombs are located, had been a human settlement as early as the Shang Dynasty (16th century-11th century BC). The 18 nomadic tombs were likely built after the Shang Dynasty.

The burial objects include two-handled bronze and iron pots, iron short swords and agate beads on strings. Experts believe the 18 tombs could belong to the northern nomads who settled down in central China.

Among the remains was a well-preserved human skeleton, confirmed to be that of a 160cm-tall male.

In the 1950s, a tomb was discovered in Dasikong. This find, however, was the first time such a large nomadic tomb complex has been discovered in Anyang.

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