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An ancient tomb believed to date back 2,600 years is providing some clues to the culture of China’s Spring-and-Autumn Period.
The tomb in Yishui County, Shandong province is currently being excavated, with a number of relics having already been discovered. Judging from the bronzes already unearthed, as well as the scale and grandeur of the tomb, experts believe the owner may have been a high ranking local ruler.
The tomb has some unique features, including bronzeware found in the chambers where the owner’s chariots were laid -- something never seen before. The find is increasing archaeologists’ curiosity about the culture and local customs of the area.
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culture of China’s Spring-and-Autumn Period.
Latest progress of tomb excavation
Q1: Hello Ruixue, how is the progress of the tomb excavation going?
Q2: I heard there is a legend from China’s Spring and Autumn Period, that tells the story of a king from the Ji nation. He was exiled to this mountain and he might have been buried there. According to the archeologists, is it possible that this could be the tomb of a king from the Ji nation?
King's tomb unveiled in Shandong Province
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."
|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.
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.
The ancient tomb was unearthed on a small hill in Yishui County. Called Jiwanggu Hill, it is the subject of a legend that has been passed down from generation to generation.
It is said that the king of the State of Ji in the Spring and Autumn Era was exiled here with his concubines. And from then, the king and his descendants lived on this hill.
Over the years, many historic sites like the just-discovered tomb, appear to support the legend of the monarch and his many concubines.