INTRODUCTION: A dating from ancient times, containing two remarkably preserved bodies has been uncovered in China.
GV Building site. (2 SHOTS)
SV Bodies on table. (3 SHOTS)
SV Scientists looking at bodies.
CU Ornaments. (3 SHOTS)
CU Rings being tried on.
CU Jade belt buckle.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A dating from ancient times, containing two remarkably preserved bodies has been uncovered in China. The tomb, which also held a wide range of Ming Dynasty artifacts was found near Shanghai. It is the latest in a long line of valuable archaeological discoveries found in China in the last few years.
SYNOPSIS: Scientists and archaeologists delving into China's past made their discovery on this building site. The find was one many in the last ten years.
But this discovery was unusual because the tomb contained bodies, which were described as being in a remarkable state of preservation. The male and female bodies had their and skin. Their limbs were also flexible, helping scientists to discover yet more about their ancestors. The bodies could be up to 450-years-old.
The archaeologists also unearthed a wide range of gold and silver ornaments. They were examples of the sort of pieces produced by smiths in the Ming Dynasty, which lasted from about 1368 to 1644.
Other times found were butterfly-shaped ear-rings and finger rings fashioned from gold and jade. This belt buckle is also made from jade a hardstone venerated by the Chinese for many centuries as a symbol of nobility, beauty and purity.