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2,600-year-old tombs discovered in central China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Over 200 tombs dating back to 2,600 years ago have been discovered in central China's Henan Province, archaeologists said today.

The group of the rare structures, located in Yichuan County of Luoyang City, is composed of more than 200 tombs, eight horse and chariot pits, over 30 ash pits and more than 10 kilns.

The tombs date back to the Spring and Autumn period (771-476 BC) and cover an area over 200,000 square metres.

Alongside the tombs, an ancient city dating back to the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220) was also discovered.

Archaeologists believe the site was home to an ancient tribe more than 2,600 years ago.

The tribe was one of the few in the region whose migration and time of perish was recorded.

Experts will study the tribe to learn the history of migration of minorities in the central area of China, state- run Xinhua agency reported.

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First Published: Sun, December 06 2015. 13:42 IST