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7/11/2013 (9 months ago)

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Couple buried at site are believed to be warlord, wife

Stunning murals estimated to be nearly 1,500-years-old have been discovered buried with a Chinese warlord and his wife. Beautifully ornate drawings, painted on the wall of a domed tomb in Shuozhou City, about 200 miles southwest of Beijing, are remarkably well preserved for their age.

While there is expected damage from the ravages of time, the murals are remarkably preserved given their advanced age.

While there is expected damage from the ravages of time, the murals are remarkably preserved given their advanced age.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/11/2013 (9 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Mural, China, warlord, Shuozhou City, archaeology, theft


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Their original colors have been left largely intact. Researchers estimate that the murals cover an area of about 860 square feet, almost the same area as a modern-day bowling green, a level grassy area for lawn bowling.

While there is expected damage from the ravages of time, the murals are remarkably preserved given their advanced age. 

One of the images shows a battle scene as two men hold out black batons and spar. Another mural depicts a horse pulling a carriage followed by a several other horse, in what is assumed to be another battle scene.

Items such as pottery figurines, pottery models and glazed ceramic vessels have also been uncovered in the tomb when it was unearthed in 2008.

Archaeologist Liu Yan, who reported the discovery, said the tomb had been robbed three times before his team was able to come to its aid.

Most of the grave goods, including the bodies, were gone. Thieves had been making preparations to steal the murals too, but they were halted after the discovery.

"Tomb robbers had already made preparations for removing the murals. The blue lines that were drawn to divide the murals into sections for cutting and the gauze fabric used for reinforcing the murals before detachment still remain on the surface of the walls," Yan reported to the Huffington Post.

The structure of the tomb, murals, and tomb furnishings suggest that the tomb was built in the late Northern Qi Dynasty.

Archaeologists believe the couple buried at the site consisted of a military commander, in charge of the Shuozhou City area, and his wife.

Shuozhou is a city in the north of Shanxi Province in North China, located on the upper reaches of the Fen River.

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