Thirteen ancient tombs discovered in Tibet


BEIJING, China, 5 April 2017

Archaeologists have found 13 tombs, estimated to be between 1,800 and 2,700 years old, in Bomi County of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

The tombs were discovered by construction workers during a road project in Qundo township, Nyingchi, in the second half of 2016, according to the regional institute of cultural relics.

Two relatively complete human skeletons were found in two tombs, while human bones were also discovered in other graves, Shaka Wangdu, associate researcher with the institute said.

Archaeologists found that the tombs appeared to follow a known burial custom, which is still seen in parts of Qundo.

According to the custom, after the body has decayed, the bones are exhumed and reburied, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.

Objects including eight complete examples of pottery, a millstone, three bronze arrowheads and iron residue were also found.

“The tombs will help research into Tibetan funeral customs and human development in eastern Tibet in a period without written records,” Shaka Wangdu said.

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