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Mawangdui

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Changsha, China.

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Excavated in 1972, the archaeological site at Mawangdui contained the tombs of three people from the Han Dynasty, the first Marquis of Dai, his wife and their son. The bodies interred had been mummified and date from around 186BC.

The find is important because the burials blended practices from two dynasties. The tombs contained lacquered coffins, a Chu rather than Han burial practice, but contained no jade or precious metals as was the Han tradition.

As well as the bodies and coffins, the tombs contained Chinese medicinal herbs, musical instruments and most importantly, unique silk banners with text and astrological charts.

Most of the finds from the Mawangdui site, including the bodies are on display at the nearby Hunan Provincial Museum.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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