Archaeologists unearth chariot, horse pits

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Chinese archaeologists have unearthed at least 28 chariots and 49 pairs of horse skeletons while excavating a group of ancient tombs in central China's Hubei Province.

A map of the tomb distribution [Photo:]

A map of the tomb distribution [Photo:]

Liu Xu is a professor from the School of Archaeology at Peking University.

"This chariot and horse pit is different from those discovered previously along the Yangtze River. The chariots and horses were densely buried. Many of the wheels were taken off and the rest parts of the chariots were placed one by one."

The 2,800-year-old group of tombs dates back to the Spring and Autumn Period, with at least 30 tombs of various sizes discovered.

Preliminary studies show that the tombs belong to high-ranking nobles.

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