Stone carvings unearthed in Tang Dynasty emperor's mausoleum

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Archaeologists discovered a large number of building components and stone carvings in an emperor's mausoleum of Tang Dynasty (618-907) in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, local authorities said Wednesday.

The site, located in Caocun Township, Fuping County, is the mausoleum of the 10th emperor of the Chineses Tang Dynasty, Li Song with the provincial institute of archaeology said.

The institute launched an excavation in parts of the mausoleum this year, unearthing a large number of building materials, including tiles, ornaments on roof ridge, bricks, as well as pottery and porcelain fragments.

One stone pillar, two stone horses with wings, three stone horses and three horse guards were found during the excavation. And one winged horse is exquisitely carved and well preserved, which is a rare stone carving, according to the institute.

The new findings revealed the shape and structure of some buildings in the mausoleum, and the specific number and preservation status of stone carvings there are important for studying the development and evolution of the cemetery system in Tang Dynasty, said Tian Youqian, an associate researcher of the institute. 

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