More than 3,200 tombs have been found in ruins dating back more than 3,000 years in Qinghai Province, on China’s northwest plateau, archaeologists announced on Monday.

The ruins, located in Balong village in the Dulan district, are believed to be a cluster that combined tombs and residences during the period between 1500 BC and 1000 BC.

A joint excavation by the provincial academy of cultural heritage and archeology research and the Northwest University was launched in 2021. Du Wei, leader of the excavation project, revealed that three cemeteries covering a total area of ​​120,000 square meters have been uncovered and 52 tombs have been uncovered. have been excavated so far.

Ceramics, bronze articles, jade articles, woven fabrics, human bones, and animal and plant remains are among the items discovered, providing many materials for the study of Nuomuhong culture, Du said.

This is a Bronze Age archaeological culture with Qinghai characteristics, mainly distributed in the Qaidam Basin and its surroundings. Speaking at an expert meeting on the ruins last week, Huo Wei, a professor at Sichuan University, said the excavation verified the long history of the Qaidam Basin and is significant for research on the ancient civilization of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.


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