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Chinese archaeologists have discovered the 2,200-year-old tomb of an emperor of the Chu kingdom

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In the east of China, in the city of Huainan, archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of Uwandun, 2200 years old. According to experts, it belonged to the emperor of the kingdom of Chu. About it reports ‘Xinhua’.

The tomb is surrounded by a moat with a circumference of about 5 km and an area of about 1.5 square kilometres. The mausoleum has chariot pits and sacrificial altars, among other relics.

The tomb itself has a long sloping entrance 42 metres long. Its bottom is square in shape with a side of 22 m, and the centre is built using huge wooden frames to form a burial chamber. This chamber has a coffin compartment and four side chambers. Each side chamber is separated by a wooden wall, so in total the burial chamber consists of nine rooms. Archaeologists also discovered a coffin decorated with more than 1,000 hieroglyphics.

So far, thousands of catalogued artefacts have been discovered at the Wuwandong excavation site, including bronze ritual vessels, lacquered wooden objects, musical instruments and figurines. Among the finds is a drum stand in the shape of a fighting tiger and phoenix, one of the images often used by the Chu nobility. Each phoenix advancing on a ferocious tiger holds a pearl in its beak. Other items of fine craftsmanship include screens, boxes, cups and chess boards.

Chu is one of the seven states of the Battle Kingdoms period, which lasted from 475 to 221 BC.



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