At least 224 tombs believed to be more than 3,000 years old have been unearthed in central China’s Henan province.
The tombs, which archaeologists date from the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 BC), are located over a river in Qixian region, Xinhua news organization revealed.
Archeologists have likewise uncovered five pits containing the remains of horses and the ruins of a house, uncovering almost 400 items including pottery, bronze weapons and carts, shells, jade and lacquerware.
Most of the tombs were small in size and carefully planned, which demonstrated that they belonged to ordinary people, as indicated by Han Zhaohui, head of the team and associate research fellow with the Henan Provincial Cultural Relics and Archeology Research Institute.
He said it seemed to have been a military area as about a quarter of the tombs contained broken shields and daggers.
Most pottery pieces were boilers and jars, which were typical burial objects for individuals of Zhou Dynasty in late Shang (1600-1046 BC) and early West Zhou periods, Han said.