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2,000-year-old delicacies found in Chinese tomb

Food containers in tomb belong to a daughter-in-law of a high ranking Chinese official.

Written by Agencies | Beijing | Published: April 11, 2011 2:48:05 pm

Archaeologists in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province said on Saturday they had unearthed 11 bamboo containers dating back to more than 2000 years,containing what is believed to be delicacies.

The containers were discovered in a small room adjacent to the main tomb believed to belong to a daughter-in-law of Zhang Anshi,a high-ranking official in Western Han Dynasty (202 BC- 9 AD),said Zhang Zhongli,vice dean of the provincial archaeological research institute.

“We saw some fungus-like things and some animal bones in the bamboo containers through an endoscope. Since the tombs are often designed to mirror the life of the tomb owners,the food probably was delicacies,” Zhang said.

A lacquer wooden box was also found in the room. The excavation is suspended until the wood ware and bamboo relics are protected,Xinhua news agency reported.

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