China uncovers millennia-old tomb complex

Beijing, Aug 5 (IANS) Chinese archaeologists have discovered a huge 2,000-year-old tomb complex in the country’s northwest Xinjiang Uygur region.
The 100-plus tombs of various designs are scattered across six hectares of land in Mori, said researchers with the Institute of Archaeology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, reports Xinhua news agency.

The tombs are believed to have been built by nomadic tribes that have roamed the area for 3,000 years.

Horse skeletons have been unearthed from the tombs, and some large tombs were surrounded by piles of rocks, said Wu Xinhua, head of the excavation team.

Wu said many tombs had been damaged as villagers picked stones from them to build houses after mistaking them for ancient military fortress sites.

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