Tomb Discovered in Hubei
An ancient tomb
of the early Spring and Autumn Period (BC770 -- BC476) was unearthed
in central China's Hubei Province, a local source said.
Discovered by local farmers when tilling the
farmland in Miaotan Town of Gucheng County in Hubei, the tomb has
a coffin pit 2.9 meters long and 1.1 meters wide.
Two pieces of bronze vessels were also found
in the tomb. They are two Guis, a round-mouthed food vessel with
two loop handles, and two Dings, a cooking vessel with two loop
handles and three legs.
The two Guis are 20 centimeters high and 19
centimeters in diameter. The two Dings are 15.5 centimeters high
and 16 centimeters in diameter. The four vessels bear curlicue and
inscriptions which had been eroded.
Gucheng County was, in ancient times, the
site of the Gu Kingdom, a vassal domain under a king during the
period. The tomb was for a noble of the period, according to the
unearthed vessels, archaeologists said.
(People's Daily 12/17/2000)