In excavations still going on after more than a decade, scientists have brought back more than 20,000 different treasures from the more than 2,000-year-old tomb of Emperor Liu Xia, including a lot of gold.
Liu Xia was the 9th emperor of the Han Dynasty – China and was only in office for 27 days after being deposed by the will of the Empress Dowager because he was too depraved. He was forced to leave the capital, lived in exile, and died at the age of 33. The tomb of the Marquis of Haihon – his title after being deposed – is currently located in Jiangxi.
According to Heritage Daily, archaeologists discovered this ancient tomb dating from 74 BC in 2011, which has not yet been excavated. For the time being, 20,000 treasures have been removed from the grave, including lots of gold and other high-value artifacts.
A number of pure gold garbage artifacts were revealed in the tomb of Emperor Liu Xia – Photo: Jiangxi Provincial Institute of Cultural and Archaeological Relics
Statistical results, preliminary research from the Jiangxi Provincial Institute of Cultural and Archaeological Relics shows that despite being exiled, Emperor Liu Xia is still richly incomparable.
Among the precious relics, including many artifacts of gold, silver, bronze, and jade, archaeologists discovered a broken lacquer screen in the main chamber, which after restoration revealed 2 portraits. One of the two portraits is most likely the oldest of Confucius.
Not gold but other great value is more than 5,000 pieces of bamboo which are Confucian classics recorded on bamboo scrolls.
Most precious of all is the precious special Qi version of Confucius’ Analects, which had been lost for thousands of years, finally showing up among the chaotic young fragments. Scientists are scanning infrared for further study.
In the grave there are also 5 well-preserved chariots, each with the remains of 4 euthanized horses to honor the status of the deceased owner.
Scientists still hope to find more artifacts from this extremely lavish tomb, and will study in more detail the staggering number of artifacts unearthed, which will reveal countless Interesting, authentic details about ancient China.