By Shannon Najmabadi
Last week, archaeologists in Jiangxi province announced that they had discovered a 600 year old tomb dating from the Ming Dynasty, adorned with rare murals.
According to Xinhua, the tomb dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and was discovered at a site in Xingzi county where a parking lot was being built.
While the tomb has not been marred by vandals or thieves, most of the wall paintings are in poor condition. The murals show a religious influence, and depict “peonies, lotuses, chrysanthemums and sticks of bamboo with red, black, blue and yellow hues,” according to Xinhua.
While tombs with murals are common in northern China, they are very rarely found in the south. Indeed, this is the first tomb with murals created in the Ming Dynasty to be unearthed in Jiangxi.
Archaeologists said there should be a cluster of tombs in the area, adding that they will continue their excavation efforts and try to identify the owners of tombs.