Ar­chae­ol­o­gists un­veil an­cient car­riage

China Daily European Weekly - - NEWS DIGEST -

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences’ ar­chae­ol­ogy re­search in­sti­tute have un­veiled de­tails of a deluxe car­riage that was un­earthed at a burial site dat­ing to the East­ern Zhou Dy­nasty (770-256 BC) in He­bei province. The car­riage is 142.5 cen­time­ters wide, 106 cm long and has two wheels 140 cm in di­am­e­ter with 38 spokes each. It is large for car­riages from be­fore the Qin Dy­nasty (221-206 BC), said Li Cunxin, an as­so­ciate re­searcher. The ar­chae­ol­o­gists also found many ex­quis­ite pat­terns painted on the sur­face of the car­riage and a pair of em­bed­ded beast-shaped metal badges with gold foil dec­o­ra­tions stuck to them.

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