Archaeologists in Southwest China have discovered an elaborate tomb complex that remains shrouded in mystery, Chongqing Morning News reported Wednesday.
The group of 24 Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) tombs was recently discovered in Chongqing's Zhongxian county.
Though no inscriptions or records were found, archaeologists from the Chongqing Research Institute of Historical and Cultural Relics said a specific detail stood out.
All the tombs were decorated with fire-patterned murals - a telltale sign of a powerful Ming family, said archaeologists with the institute working on the three-month excavation.
The site also contained a single, intricately carved tomb dating back to the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).
The rare find has been moved to the Zhongzhou Museum in its entirety.