In an astonishing find, Chinese archaeologists have unearthed a 2500-year-old ancient royal tomb along with more than 200 other tombs in Central China. According to researchers, one of the tomb contains the skeleton of the members of an ancient royal family. In addition, the tombs discovered in the Luoyang city in Henan Province are believed to be of Luhun Kingdom that flourished for a relatively short period of time from 638BC to 525BC.
Alongside the skeletons of humans, eight horse and chariot pits, over 30 ash pits and more than 10 kilns were also discovered, The horses were kept carefully on both the sides along with beautiful decorations on the carcases. Heads of horses still boast knit bone shell ornaments. Northeast corner of chariot pit contains a large number of buried heads and hoofs of cattle and sheep. These findings suggest that the skeleton belongs to a royal family that had little political power in that era.
Researchers started the excavation back in 2009 and were astonished to discover over 200 tombs spread over an area of about 2,00,000 square metres. The 21 feet long, 17 feet wide and 28 feet deep tombs were protected by plaster and a coffin board but still they had suffered heavy damage due to water over the course of time while grave robbers have also looted the place and ruined the protected history.
The uncovered tomb will reveal more about the cultures and rituals of people belonging to Luhun Kingdom. Further analysis will help historians in gaining knowledge and developing a better understanding of migratory people in Henan Province that is considered as one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilisation. According to historians, Henan Province was once the political, cultural and economic centre of China after the demise of Song and Yuan Dynasties.