Sunday, 21 August 2016

1,500-year-old tomb unearthed in China contains spectacular golden jewelry

A 1,500-year-old tomb unearthed in China was found to contain spectacular golden jewelry inlaid with gemstones and amethysts.

Burials from the Northern Wei Dynasty have yielded beautiful gold earrings, but experts have said the earrings discovered in this tomb are the most exquisite to have been found.
The burial was discovered in Datong City, Shanxi Province. Datong City was founded in 200BC and located near the Great Wall Pass to Inner Mongolia. It flourished and became a resting place for camel caravans traveling from China to Mongolia.

Around the 4th and 5th centuries AD, the same era as the burial, Datong became the capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty. This was the period that the famous Yungang Grottoes were constructed.