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Archaeologists Found 1,800-Year-Old Nomad Tomb In Central China

May 10, 2017 03:29 AM EDT


Archaeologists recently discovered a 1,800-year-old Nomad tomb complex that was likely to be used by nomadic people in order to bury their dead was discovered in an archaeological sire in Anyang City, Henan Province. They were also able to excavate 90 tombs, in which 18 were believed to be used as the final resting place of a nomadic group.

In an article published in Archaeology, the archaeologists used soil samples and some items unearthed to distinguish the age of the excavated Nomad tomb. According to the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Anyang station, the tomb discovered was believed to be around 1,800 years old.

One of the archaeologists, Shen Wenxi, said that the evidence has been found and it indicated that the Dasikong Village had been a human settlement as early as the Shang Dynasty, which reigned from 1600 B.C. to 1046 B.C. Dasikong village is where the Nomad tombs were discovered.

In an article published in Xinhuanet, the 18 nomadic tombs were likely to build after the Shang Dynasty. The tombs were relatively small and mostly made out of bricks.

The burial objects were discovered to include two-handled bronze and iron pots, iron short swords, and agate beads on strings, which are typical items of the nomadic people back at the time. Experts think that the 18 nomad tombs could be in possession of the northern nomads who were settled down in central China.

Also discovered among the remains was a well-preserved human skeleton, which is believed to be a male over 160 cm tall. Anthropologists plants to conduct a test on the remains to shed light on the origin of these people who were discovered in the Nomad tombs.

This is not the first time that a Nomad tomb was discovered. Back in the 1950's, a tomb containing similar burial items was discovered in Dakisong.

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