Tombs in Guangzhou linked to Shang, Ming dynasties

One of the 25 tombs found during an excavation at Xintang county in Guangzhou, Guangdong province.

Twenty-five tombs were found during an excavation at Xintang county in Guangzhou of Guangdong province.

Archaeologists believe that the tombs date back from the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) to Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

The findings include three tombs from Shang Dynasty, one pit tomb from the late Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD), 19 brick-chambered tombs from Jin (265-420) and Southern Dynasties (420-589), one pit tomb from Tang Dynasty (618-907) and one tomb from Ming Dynasty.

The archaeological site, located at Longjingshan and Zongzaigang, is in Zengcheng Economic and Technological Development District’s Xintang county, 36 kilometers away from urban Guangzhou.

Zhu Hairen, head of the ar- chaeological team, said these tombs have special features compared with tombs from Six Dynasties (222– 589) in Guangzhou’s ancient town, and is a rare find in Guangzhou.