Chinese archaeologists have recently made a significant discovery in the northern Shanxi province of China. According to the official Xinhua news agency, experts have unearthed three new tombs that belong to the Tang dynasty. This period lasted from 618-907 AD and was a time of great cultural prosperity for China.
Of the total 30 tombs discovered, five of them were specific to the Tang dynasty while the other 25 belonged to the Ming and Qing dynasties, which lasted from 1368-1911 AD. From the three tombs that were clearly dated, experts were able to extract 48 pieces or sets of funerary objects. These included five well-preserved clay figurines and a tea set with different textures.
Intriguingly, the tomb owners were all officials, as indicated by the epitaphs found on their gravesites. These new discoveries provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about ancient funerary and social culture, both in the region and during that period in time.
The Tang dynasty is a particularly fascinating period in Chinese history as it was during this time that China gained an international reputation for its cultural prowess. Through Buddhism, the country was able to spread its culture throughout much of Asia. Uncovering these tombs provides invaluable insight into the culture and social hierarchy of China during the Tang dynasty. It gives historians and scholars a snapshot of what life was like for the wealthy and powerful people who lived during that period.