HOHHOT, Oct. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Judging from bronze articles unearthed from
ancient tombs in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, archaeologists estimate
that nomadic tribes in north Chinahad contacts with Western civilizations
approximately 2,500 years ago.
Local archaeologists found a bronze mirror and a bronze plate at the two
ancient tomb sites in Liangcheng county which can be traced back to the Spring
and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.) and theWarring States Period (475-221 B.C.),
which they believed could not be the work of ancient northern peoples in China.
The semi-circle button of the mirror and the plate design of a weird beast
with a bird's head and a tiger's body resembled very much the style of relics
excavated in the hinterland of the Eurasian grass plain extending eastwards from
the Black Sea to theouter Trans-Baikalia region in Russia, said Cao Jian'en, a
noted researcher with the regional archaeology institute.
The round mirror is approximately 10 cm in diameter and its semicircle
button, through which archaeologists believed the mirror was tied to its user
for convenience, is only about one centimeter in radius.
More than 80 tombs were unearthed from the two sites and some 200
ornaments, numerous bone utensils for daily use and productionpurpose, and bones
of sacrifice animals including horses, oxen, sheep and dogs were found in the
Archaeologists said the animal sacrifice showed that the tombs belonged to
According to Cao, the makers of the tombs were native Rong and Di people,
two minority ethnic groups in ancient China later to assimilated by the Hun
people, called Xiongnu in the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.- A.D. 220).
The discovery of the tombs will provide valuable clues to the research of
the origin of the Hun people, Cao said. Enditem