Archaeological Discoveries
in 2001
Archaeological Discoveries
in 2000
Top Ten Archaeological Finds
for 1999
Archaeological Discoveries
in 1999

Ancient Colored-Brick Tomb Found in Henan

  An ancient brick tomb decorated with dozens of colored frescoes has been found in Kaifeng City in central China's Henan Province.

  Believed to date from the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), the tomb is the first of its kind found in the city, experts said.

  The tomb was robbed one hundred years ago. Archaeologists have concluded that it was built for a local squire and his wife, judging from three bronze coins and a pottery jar, and the frescoes depicting their lives.

  On the tomb's arched ceiling are paintings of chrysanthemums and water lilies.

  Kaifeng is famous for its chrysanthemums, and the painting indicates that the flower was cultivated in the city almost 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, a local official said.
(People's Daily)