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3,000-Year-Old Tombs in Central China Yield Bronze Wares

Thursday, July 18, 2013

YEJIASHAN, CHINA—More than 100 tombs from the early Western Zhou Dynasty have been uncovered in central China’s Hubei Province. One of the largest of the approximately 3,000-year-old tombs has yielded sets of bronze ware for ritual and table use. In particular, a bronze pot painted red with patterns is thought to be the first of its kind to be found from this period. Pottery and lacquered artifacts have also been recovered.