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Mysterious Ming Dynasty tomb complex discovered in Chongqing

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2017-10-26 10:39Global Times Editor: Li Yan ECNS App Download

Archaeologists in Southwest China have discovered an elaborate tomb complex that remains shrouded in mystery, Chongqing Morning News reported Wednesday.

The group of 24 Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) tombs was recently discovered in Chongqing's Zhongxian county.

Though no inscriptions or records were found, archaeologists from the Chongqing Research Institute of Historical and Cultural Relics said a specific detail stood out.

All the tombs were decorated with fire-patterned murals - a telltale sign of a powerful Ming family, said archaeologists with the institute working on the three-month excavation.

The site also contained a single, intricately carved tomb dating back to the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).

The rare find has been moved to the Zhongzhou Museum in its entirety.

  

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