Mysterious Ming Dynasty tomb complex discovered in Chongqing

Updated 2017-10-26 11:02:00 Global Times

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.

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