A tomb believed to have belonged to an ancient royal household has been unearthed in central China. 21 huge tombs have been found, six horse pits and around 500 pieces of copper, ceramics and jade.
The tomb probably belonged to a royal family from the Spring and Autumn period (771-476 BC). The tomb was discovered by archaeologists in the city of Sanmenxia in Henan province.
Horse and dog skeletons were found lying on their sides in six pits. 20 out of the 21 tombs contained coffins. Experts said all the relics found were very well preserved.
Among the findings were four dings (鼎), which are ancient cauldrons also found were four guis (簋), a type of bowl-shaped ritual bronze vessel used to hold offerings of food, usually grain, for ancestral tombs.
The site was found last year during construction of a chemical enterprise.