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5 ancient tombs of Song, Ming Dynasties discovered

FIVE ancient tombs were discovered recently in Huai'an, east China's Jiangsu Province, by the archaeological team of Huai'an Municipal Museum.

The burial sites were originally accidentally discovered by workers of local electricity supply department when they made the ground work to set up a power-supply tower, a member of the archaeological team said.

The history of the tombs dated back to Song Dynasty (960-1279) and Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), confirmed by the experts who studied the discoveries from inside the tombs.

"We find at last 5 tombs in No.57 (Electricity-Supply) Tower Footing Area, from two different ages namely Song and Ming," said Yin Zenghuai, member of the archeological team in Huai'an Municipal Museum, Jiangsu.

There are two burial styles: brick-wall tomb and coffin burial. According to the tombs' size and style, experts confirm that they are small and medium-sized family tombs.

Inside the tomb burying a couple in Ming Dynasty, 4 well-preserved Longquan celadon bowls were discovered.

It is learned the excavation work continues, covering larger areas around the tomb sites.


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