A team of Chinese archaeologists found more than 6,000 ancient tombs in southern Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province.
The discovery was announced by the Chinese news agency Xinhua last Thursday (14). The archaeological remains date from 650 to 2,500 years ago, from the Warring States Period (between 475 B.C. and 221 B.C.) to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
“The findings are important for the study of cultural exchanges between China and the West and also the ancient social changes along the Silk Road,” said Zhuo Zhiqiang, leader of the team responsible for the discovery.
According to Zhiqiang, these tombs were not the only archaeological finds in the region. In March 2015, residential sites from the Late Neolithic period were unearthed, as well as tens of thousands of cultural relics from different dynasties, including ceramics, bronze utensils, coins, as well as pearls from the Pacific and Indian oceans.
According to Russia Today, earlier this month an antique gold seal weighing nearly 8 kilograms and more than 10,000 17th-century relics were found in Meishan, a Chinese city also located in the Sichuan province.