A total of 25 tombs spanning over 3,000 years were recently discovered in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province, the biggest cluster of cemeteries ever discovered in this area.
A team of archaeologists in Guangzhou found ruins covering an area of about 66,000 square meters in Zengcheng district, Guangzhou and unearthed 25 ancient tombs, including three tombs from the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046BC) and 19 tombs from the Southern Dynasty (AD420-589).
The official in charge of the tomb digging project said the excavation began in September and many ancient artifacts, such as stone tools, bones, earthenware fragments and bronze have been found, the Guangzhou-based Nandu Daily reported on Friday.
The 19 tombs from the Southern Dynasty are first such tombs found in Zengcheng, and the densely located and well-preserved tombs are of great significance to studying history and culture during the dynasty.
Zhu Hairen, Party chief of the Guangzhou Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, pointed out that the relics which can be dated back to 2,000 or even 3,000 years, indicate that the Guangzhou city was inhabited at least 2,000 years ago.
In 2014, a team in Cangzhou, North China's Hebei Province also found ruins over an area of about 1.5 hectares including a settlement and graveyard in Renqiu, and unearthed ruins of a village dating back about 3,000 years.