Intact female skeleton found in Chinas 2,200-year-old tomb

December 7th, 2007 - 3:53 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 7 (ANI): Archaeologists in China have found an intact skeleton of a woman, who was apparently buried in 183 B.C., during the Han Dynasty (206B.C.-220 A.D.).

The skeleton was found during an excavation at the Xiejiaqiao No. 1 tomb in Hubei provinces Jingzhou city. The tomb dates back to around 2,200 years ago.

According to the inscribed bamboo slips buried in the tomb, the owner, a noblewoman with the name of “Hui”, was buried in 183 B.C., the China View reported.

About 200 cultural relics were also recovered in four coffin chambers, such as bronze ware, lacquer work, wood and bamboo ware, pottery, and bamboo slips wrapped by delicate and precious silk cloth.

“Tombs of the Han Dynasty are found in many places across the country, but it is rare to find such a well-preserved one, which will provide valuable historical data for studies in archaeology, history, zoology, botany and textile science of the time,” Wang Mingqin, head of Jingzhou Museum, told reporters.
Wang added that the age of the tomb owner and the cause of her death were yet to be identified as some characters inscribed on the bamboo slips were illegible. (ANI)

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