Han Dynasty Graveyard Treasures Uncovered!
Han Dynasty was the second imperial dynasty of China, spanning four centuries and considered a golden age in Chinese history.
The Han dynasty was an age of economic prosperity in China and saw a significant growth of “The money economy”.
To this day, China’s majority ethnic group refers to itself as the “Han people” and the Chinese script is referred to as “Han characters”.
The Han Dynasty was founded by a rebel leader Liu Bang, known retrospectively as Emperor Gaozu of Han.
The emperor was at the pinnacle of Han society and presided over the Han government but shared power with both nobles and appointed ministers who came largely from the scholarly gentry’ class.
Sometime towards the end of 2015, a treasure load of valuable findings was unearthed at an ancient Chinese cemetery, known as the “Western Han Dynasty”!
The finding was made by some group of archaeologist, at the Haihunhou cemetery in Nanchang, the capital of the Jiangxi Province, in China, and considered to be the largest, best-preserved Western Han Dynasty cemetery ever discovered.
According to reports, the archaeologist discovered more than 10,000 artefacts, in a tomb that’s more than 2,000-years-old.
Here is a list of the discoveries on the Han Dynasty:
- Gold and Silver accessories, Bronze artefacts (10 tons of bronze coins), and bamboo writing utensils, all linked to the Han Dynasty!
- The team also recovered musical instruments including chimes, se (a 25-stringed plucked instrument), pan flutes and sheng (a reed pipe wind instrument).
- They also found terracotta figurines showing how the instruments were played
- Jade articles, wood tablets, and bamboo slips were also among the unearthed treasures.
Archaeologists believe that the tomb was meant for Liu He — the grandson of Emperor Wudi, who was the longest-reigning emperor of the Han Dynasty.
The discovery is however believed to be able to help the Chinese understand the social, economic and cultural status of the Western Han Dynasty, and even the development of music, transportation, metrology, and the evolution of Chinese characters and arts, since the cemetery is the most complete and best preserved Han Dynasty tomb cluster ever discovered.
The team of archaeologists were however, given a rare treat of their life after the discovery!
Pictures of the treasures discovered below: