HOHHOT, Dec. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Archaeologists in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous
Region have unearthed about 500 tombs dating back more than 2,200 years
in Horinger County and excavated a large number of relics.
The 500 tombs of the Warring States Period (475 B.C.-221 B.C) were
excavated at the ruins of the ancient Tuchengzi city from April to December,
said Li Qiang, a work staff with the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regional
Institute of Archaeological Research.
Li said that archaeologists found that dead people buried in these tombs lie
on their back, some with limbs straight and others with limbs bended. There
are also some who lie on their side.
What is noteworthy is that archaeologists found five tombs with many bodies
buried randomly together. One of the five tombs is buried with more than 50
Experts said that more than 96 percent of the dead people buried in these
tombs are men, aged around 25.
They said these people might be crafts men or soldiers when they were alive as
some of the bodies are found to be without head or legs, some bodies with noticeable
traces of knife wound and arrow heads on chest or head. Moreover,
archaeologists also found alarge number of bronze swords and daggers in these
Li Qiang said the discovery indicates that wars broke out frequently in the
area during the Warring States Period.
Covering an area of four kilometers, the ancient Tuchengzi city survived a
long period from the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C-476 B.C.), the Warring
States Period, Northern Wei (386-534), Sui (581-618), Tang (618-907), Ming
(1368-1644) to Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
Currently, the Tuchengzi city is under state protection. Enditem