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King's tomb unveiled in Shandong Province
From:CNTV  Writer:  Date:2012-04-20

 

In Shandong Province, an ancient tomb has been unearthed. Believed to be over 2,000 years old, archaeologists say it could be the final resting place of a king. Let's head to Yishui County to check it out.

It's the biggest tomb from the Spring and Autumn Era ever to be found in Shandong Province. At 28 meters long and 13.6 meters wide, the recovered part of the tomb is as large as a basketball court.

So far, a pit where horses were buried alive has been found and six bronze vessels excavated. All the evidence suggests that it could be the tomb of a king. But who he was remains unknown.

Ren Xianghong, history professor of Shandong University, said, "The bronze vessels have broken into pieces. But they are well maintained. Because they are large, delicately made and engraved, they must have belonged to a king."

It appears that none of the artefacts have been stolen, which is rare as the tomb has been around for 2,600 years.

However, it was discovered by chance when a pond was being dug last January. The roof of the tomb was damaged during the lucky discovery, so archaeologists were summoned.

Many sites from the Spring and Autumn era have been discovered in the Yishui Area. As the tomb is unveiled, so will the mystery surrounding it.

 

 
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