Rare painted bronze ware excavated in central China


In Suizhou, in central China’s Hubei Province, a series of tombs in Yejiashan have been uncovered. As the excavation goes on, more and more cultural relics have been brought to light.

So far, more than 130 tombs have been found in Suizhou. Archaeologists believe they belonged to the lords of the Zeng State during the early Western Zhou Dynasty.

Among them, Tomb No. 28 is one of the largest. As archaeologists dig deeper, many buried items have been unearthed. The most eye-catching is the bronze ware, in large quantities and mostly in sets.

Most of the bronze pieces are sacrificial items and tableware. They have been positioned according to different functions, archaeologist Huang Fengchun said.

The most important finding is a bronze pot. What makes it so special are the colors painted on it. Archaeologists say this marks the first discovery of painted bronze from a dynasty about 3,000 years ago.

The pot’s body is painted red and there are also patterns on it. It indicates that bronze-making technology had reached a fairly high level during Western Zhou Dynasty, Huang said.

Meanwhile, some pottery works and lacquered items have also been unearthed from the tomb. Archaeologists say they are confident that more will soon be discovered.