Monday, April 22, 2013

1,300-year-old Tomb Cluster Discovered in China

On the Pamirs Plateau in China archaeologists have discovered a 1,300-year-old tomb that is believed to date all the way back to the Tang Dynasty. 102 individual tombs were uncovered in which 40% were made for infants. Archaeologists were surprised to find such a large number of infants and said further research on why is needed. During this time the Silk Road was extremely active, I believe travelers and traders probably brought a Western disease back with them causing a considerable amount of deaths. This cluster of tombs covers an area of 1,500 square meters on a 20-meter-high cliff. Along with corpses and caskets, stoneware, pottery and copper ware were also found in these tombs. Ai Tao said “the burial custom is the first of its kind to be found in Xinjiang.” There was however a much larger tomb created much earlier during the Qin Dynasty by Qin Shi Huang. The tomb was discovered during the construction of a local hydropower project last year.

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