Gold Plates And Coins Among Valuable Haul Unearthed By Archaeologists At 2,000-Year-Old Royal Tombs In China

Gold plates are among the valuable items unearthed at the tomb of a Chinese emperor who died thousands of years ago.

Over the holiday season, archaeologists found a significant amount of gold at the royal tombs of the Marquis of Haihun Kingdom of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24).

The cemetery, which contains eight tombs and a chariot burial site, has been studied for five years and has produced Wuzhu bronze coins, jade and thousands of other gold, bronze and iron items.

It is believed that Liu He, the grandson of Emperor Wu, is buried in the main tomb at the site in Jiangxi, a province in eastern China, where researchers were excavating at Christmas.

Liu was given the title Haihunhou, or Marquis of Haihun after he was dethroned after 27 days as emperor. It is believed he was deposed because he lacked both talent and morals.

Gold coins, hoof-shaped ingots, jade pendants, a distiller, horse-drawn carriages, a board game, and 2,000-year-old bronze lamps are among the other objects discovered at the site.

The goose-shaped lamps, which would have been filled with water, were designed to dispose of the smoke inside the tomb.

110 of the more than 10,000 items found at the graves since 2011 have been put on exhibit at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang.

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