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The tomb was uncovered in a salvage excavation in 2008. Yan said that the tomb had been robbed three times before he got to it, and most of the grave goods, including the bodies, were gone. In fact, the thieves were making preparations to steal the murals, too, but the authorities arrived just in time to stop the theft
When authorities discovered the tomb, a team of scholars from several Chinese antiquities institutions began excavating the site and conserving the murals. Based on these murals and the tomb design, along with a few remaining grave goods, the scientists determined the tomb dates back nearly 1,500 years, to the Northern Q
Archaeologists believe the couple buried at the site consisted of a military commander, in charge of the Shuozhou City area, and his wife. This makes sense given the date of the tomb. Historians know that at the time this couple lived, three rival dynasties battled for control of China.
The buried commander served the Northern Qi, a short-lived dynasty that lasted between A.D. 550 and 577, when it was conquered by another group of rulers known as the "Northern Zhou." Needless to say, military leaders were in high demand at this time, and military experience was the key to obtaining power.
Originally posted by christina-66
Very very interesting. It looks like an Egyptian tomb. The Chinese mummified their dead too. I think the world has always been a small place....HELLOOOOOOOOO America - you were never a new world - just a blip in the memory.