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Researchers learn about Chinese burial ground 'old school' way

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
July 16th, 2012
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Luoyang in China is famous for its Ancient Tombs Museum. Popular with both the scientific community and tourists alike, countless people visit to learn more about the birth of civilization. There may be a bit more activity going on in the Henan Province city after a tomb was discovered thought to be 1,100 years old.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Archaeologists and historians have descended on the site, reading its inscriptions and tracing its graphics and patterns to determine who the resting place was intended for.

Archaeologists are copying the mural of a tomb onto pieces of cellophane to analyze the history of the resting place can continue when the sun has gone down.

Coins have been found which can be dated back to around 713AD, the Kai Yuan era, which saw Emperor Xuanzong of Tang, also known as Emperor Ming of Tang rule for the longest period of time of the Tang dynasty.

Luoyang Tombs Museum was established in 1984 and was opened to the public in 1987, hosting visitors from all over the world. Located on Mang Hill, the site is on the eastern side of Zhongtou Village, about 6.2 miles north of Luoyang City.

The site occupies three hectares. Mangshan, where the museum is located, is a hill about 300 miles above sea level that was historically a burial ground.

Remains of an almost 3000-year-old horse and chariots were discovered in a Zhou dynasty tomb in Luoyang in September of 2011.

The pits have well-preserved evidence of bronze ware and ceramics from the Early Western Zhou dynasty.

Archaeologists believe that the tomb belongs to a figure of great renown during the dynasty. Pottery, metal weaponry and inscriptions are consistent with a man of mid-level importance.

The chief concern is that the latest tomb find is that evidence is targeted by thieves, which could halt current studies research into just who the owner is.

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