1,700-year-old Ancient Tombstones found in Silk Road

November 27, 2014 / No Comments

Silk Road is widely considered as the most ancient trade route which connected China to the Roman Empire.

1700 year old cemetry tombstone 1,700 year old Ancient Tombstones found in Silk Road

1,700-year-old cemetery discovered

The historical significance of Silk Road is unquestionable even in the 21st century, and this is compelling archeologists to conduct excavations in the path.

The recent news from this corner is regarding the discovery of an ancient cemetery which dates back over 1,700 years.

The tombstones and cemetery has been discovered from the City of Kucha. The place is now a part of North West China, and in the past, the area played a crucial role in controlling China’s trade with the Westerners.

As per reports, 10 tombs have been excavated from Kucha, and out of these ten, seven are large brick structures.

The tombs contained carvings of ancient mythical creatures, which includes, ‘White Tiger’, ‘The Vermilion Bird’, ‘The Azure Dragon’ and ‘The Black Turtle’.

Some tombs contain more than 10 occupants, and this has even added up the mystery element.

As of now, there is no idea regarding the people who got buried in this cemetery. As per researchers, the tombs which are being made of large bricks were constructed for people in the top brass of society.

The cemetery was first discovered in 2007, and from then regular excavations has been going on in this place headed by ‘The Xinjiang Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology’.

The discovery of tombstones and stone carvings has increased the expectations of the researchers, and they expect to unleash some unknown facts about the Silk Road in the near future.