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Tango0121 Mar 2023 8:35 p.m. PST

"An archaeological survey of a real estate development in Changsha, Hunan Province, China, has unearthed 21 tombs from the Western Han Dynasty (202 B.C.- 9 A.D.) More than 234 groupings of grave goods have been discovered in the tombs since excavations began in October.

The 21 tombs are small vertical pit tombs of two types: convex ones with passages and rectangular ones with no passages. Several of them are paired tombs or lined up in rows of three or four. The paired tombs placed side-by-side in the same orientation are believed to be spouse or family burials.

Tomb M12 is unusual in that it contains the surviving elements of the outer coffin that is shaped like a Roman number II. The traces of five pillars, now decomposed, run down the middle of the floor of the tomb. The pillars probably supported a second floor, which would make M12 an extremely rare double-layer tomb. Han Dynasty tombs with double layers have been found before in other cities Guangdong, Guangxi, Sichuan, Hubei but this is the first one found in Changsha…"


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