Ancient tomb cluster unearthed in south China

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GUANGZHOU, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Archaeologists have found 38 tombs dating back to as early as the pre-Qin period (pre-221 B.C.) in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.

From the end of September to mid-November, archaeologists with the Guangzhou Municipal Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology excavated 1,600 square meters of land at the Shaling site in Huangpu District.

Another tomb dating back to the Song Dynasty and 15 others from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties were also unearthed during the excavation.

The existence of the tomb cluster at the Shaling site was confirmed in 2015 following archaeological explorations, and archaeologists found more than 100 tombs dating back to periods between the late Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 B.C.-771 B.C.) and the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C.-476 B.C.) during two excavations conducted in 2017 and 2020, respectively, said Zhang Qianglu, deputy director of the institute.

The findings have provided significant materials for studying the cultural features, funeral customs, social structure and historical development process of ancient residents in Guangzhou during the pre-Qin period, Zhang said. Enditem

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