3,000-year-old coffins unearthed in China

Three sets of well-preserved coffins from China's second dynasty have been unearthed in central Henan province, a report said Tuesday.

The coffins, believed to be from the late Shang Dynasty (1600 BCE - 1046 BCE), were retrieved on Monday from 22 underground tombs and taken Tuesday to a museum in Anyang City, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

"It is a family burial place. The owners were affluent people, possibly aristocrats," Kong Deming, head of the Anyang institute of cultural relics and archaeology, told Xinhua.

The tombs were discovered last month when a villager in Neihuang County was digging to make a brick kiln. Ten meters underground, he found bronze items and human and animal bones, according to Xinhua.

Kong said the discovery might help archaeologists learn more about Shang burial customs and ancient China's early cultural development.

Last update: Tue, 26/04/2016 - 14:27

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