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Tombs with mythical carvings found in Chinese city that was once along the Silk Road

Posted November 27, 2014

Chinese archaeologists with the Xinjiang Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology working in northwest China have found tombs among the remains of an ancient cemetery in the city of Kucha—once one of the points along the infamous Silk Road—a route between China, the Middle East, India and the Roman Empire. They published their findings first in the Chinese language journal Wenwu and then recently in English in Chinese Cultural Relics.

Tombs with mythical carvings found in Chinese city that was once along the Silk Road

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The research team found ten dome-shaped tombs in the cemetery, seven of which were large and made out of brick and adorned with what they are describing as mythical carvings of animals that represented among other things, the four seasons and creatures with heavenly connections. The cemetery was actually discovered in the summer of 2007, but it wasn’t until very recently that excavations led to finding the tombs with the prominent carvings.

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