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2,000-yr-old tomb discovered in China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

A 2,000-year-old ancient tomb has been discovered by archaeologists in China's north Hebei province, officials said today.

Excavation work began on November 1 at the tomb, located in a village in Mancheng district in Baoding city.

Based on the unearthed items and structure of the tomb, it is believed to have been built in the Western Han dynasty (206BC-25AD), experts with the provincial cultural relics institute said.

The 6.6-meter-long, six-meter-wide tomb may be a subordinate tomb of the tomb of prince Liu Sheng unearthed in 1968, where a famous burial suit of jade sewn together with gold wire was found, state-run Xinhua agency reported.

A total of 49 items, including colourful pottery, jade ware and bronzeware have been discovered in the newly- unearthed tomb, providing valuable material for the study of Han history.

Three holes found in the tomb were believed to have been dug by grave robbers.

Experts said some items had probably been stolen from the tomb.

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First Published: Tue, December 20 2016. 13:57 IST