2000-year-old mu­ral dis­cov­ered in Mon­go­lia tomb

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Ulaan­baatar: Ar­chae­ol­o­gists in In­ner Mon­go­lia have dis­cov­ered a mu­ral in a tomb which was painted nearly 2000 years ago, lo­cal sources said on Mon­day.

The tomb is in a clus­ter in the desert near Ordos City, where ar­chae­ol­o­gists also un­earthed two skulls in a de­cayed sar­coph­a­gus, as well as pieces from pot­tery and bronze uten­sils, said Gao Xingchao, a re­searcher with Ordos city mu­seum. The mu­ral, on the walls and ex­tend­ing on to the ceil­ing of a vault, cov­ers more than 30 square me­ters.

More than 10 pic­tures tell the life story of the tomb’s oc­cu­pants, as they travel, feast and take care of their live­stock.

There are also pic­tures of flow­ers, fly­ing dragons and a phoenix lead­ing all kinds of birds, to show life af­ter death. The pat­terns were painted with min­eral colours on a white back­ground. Xin­hua

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