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Scientists find 2,500-year-old coffins in PRC

Scientists find 2,500-year-old coffins in PRC

Archaeologists have found a 2,500-year-old tomb in eastern China containing 40 coffins that could provide rare clues to life in the region at the time, state media reported.
The number of coffins found in the tomb in east China's Jiangxi province is unusual for that period in history, Fan Changsheng, director of the Jiangxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, told Xinhua news agency on Sunday.
Experts are wondering why so many were buried together and whose remains are contained in the coffins, he said.
The tomb in Lijia village in Jing'an county is believed to date back to the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770 to 221 BC). A team of specialists will begin the delicate process of opening the coffins this month.
The discovery will provide valuable clues to the study of social customs, funeral rites and lifestyle in the area, Xinhua quoted archaeologists as saying.
"The mystery inside the coffins will be revealed then," he said.
Archaeologists began protectively excavating the site in January to thwart grave robbers who had attempted to open the rare coffins.
The coffins were not damaged but some cultural relics were removed from the site, according to local police. Some were later recovered, including bronze woodworking tools, lacquered spoons and wooden combs.


Updated : 2021-07-25 06:34 GMT+08:00