Chinese archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old mysterious tomb, at Huangshan ruins in the city of Nanyang, central China's Henan Province.
Head of the archaeological team and researcher with Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology, Ma Juncai, said ‘The tomahawk-like jade weapon is a symbol of power,’.
‘Meanwhile, other discoveries including a single wooden coffin, burial objects such as jade wares, stoneware, pottery and a large number of lower jawbones of pigs showed that the owner had power, force and wealth when he was alive,’ Ma said.
Archaeologists also found two house ruins during the late Neolithic Yangshao culture near the suspected clan leader's tomb, each with an area of more than 120 square meters. They are believed to be jade processing workshops, with jade materials, semi-finished and finished jade articles and jade-making tools unearthed at the location.
‘The house ruins are very meaningful for studies on the housing structures and building techniques of Yangshao culture,’ said professor with Shandong University, Luan Fengshi.
The Huangshan ruins, discovered in 1959, has an area of more than 200,000 square meters. It is of great significance to the study of cultural exchange between the north and south of the Neolithic Age. (QNA)
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