Tang-era Han tombs found in eastern Xinjiang
Researchers work at the sites to unearth the tombs in the Tianshan Mountains in the eastern part of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
A group of ancient brick-chambered tombs built on a ramp was recently unearthed in the Tianshan Mountains in the eastern part of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
It marked the first time that tombs from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in the style of the Han people were discovered and unearthed in Northwest China's Xinjiang, said Wang Yongqiang, a researcher from the Xinjiang Research Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.
But no epitaphs were found in these ancient tombs located in Xinjiang's Hami prefecture.
In addition to the ancient tombs, a Buddhist temple site and a storage site were also unearthed, Wang said.