You know, it’s hard to argue when they say Nanjing is a city of old tombs. On December 24, workers at a construction site in Fang Zhou Square in Liuhe District unearthed an ancient tomb dating back to the Han Dynasty buried beneath the soil, out of which they pulled a sharp, rusted sword. Not long after, archeologists found another mysterious box just one meter away from the site.
After about an hour, the box was was carefully uncovered by archaeologists from Nanjing Administration of Cultural Heritage. It was about 2 meters long, 1 meter wide, 1.5 meters tall and protected by four pieces of wood. After removing 20 buckets-worth of water that filled the inside of the box, workers found antiques lying on the bottom: bowls, pots art wares and metal goods.
According to archeologists, the box was likely used as a safe, and based on the relics found inside, the tomb probably belonged to some high-ranking officer.
It will take archeologists another two days to fully explore the tomb, but the antiques were all taken out on Monday to be examined. Soon archeologists will be able to reveal further details about the relics. Staff at the Nanjing Administration of Cultural Heritage said that the owner of the tomb is someone of important identity, but they have yet to reveal that information as well.
Since the tomb was found, construction has halted in the area. No signs of other tombs in the area have yet been discovered.
By Dong Ming