China: Ancient population discovered on banks of Yellow River

China: Ancient population discovered on banks of Yellow River

Chinese archaeologists have discovered more than 600 ancient tombs on the banks of the Yellow River and unearthed more than 2,000 artifacts buried together.

Chinese archaeologists have discovered more than 600 ancient tombs on the banks of the Yellow River and unearthed more than 2,000 artifacts buried together.

A tomb inside the ancient tomb complex on the Yellow River. Photo by Xinhua

27 (Xinhua) — The ThreeMen Hiep City Institute of Cultural and Archaeological Relics in Henan Province, China, has discovered a large-scale ancient tomb complex on the banks of the Yellow River, with more than 600 tombs from different periods and unearthed more than 2,000 buried artifacts.

Trinh Lap Super, director of the ThreeMen Hiep Institute of Cultural and Archaeological Relics, said the ancient tombs are located in Hau Xuyen village, Ho Tan district, TamMen Hiep city, about 500 meters north of the Yellow River.

The 2,000-year-old bronze vase has a swan-shaped curved neck. Photo by Xinhua

Since October 2017, the institute has partnered with a project to renovate the area to carry out three archaeological surveys at the site, with an exploration area of 37,600 square meters and finding at least 602 tombs over several periods. Of these, nearly 300 tombs are believed to date back to the Qin and Han periods (before AD 220). The rest belonged to many different dynasties such as tang, song, Ming and Qing.

In addition, more than 2,030 artifacts have been excavated, including pottery, bronze, gold and silver jewelry, jewels, jewels and a series of rare cultural relics such as a 2,000-year-old bronze vase with a swan-shaped curved neck.

A number of other artifacts were unearthed. Photo by Xinhua

Experts believe that these tombs are arranged in an orderly manner, buried during the same period and less break the connection with each other. It is located between Xi’an and Luoyang, two ancient Chinese capitals.

Zheng said the discovery and excavation of the tomb complex would reveal valuable information for the study of ancient tombs in the Three Gorges area and shed light on the process of decline with the change in the center of political power in Chinese history.

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