Ancient tomb of Chinese tyrant discovered?

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 18:37

Beijing: Archaeologists believe to have unearthed the tomb of Chinese Emperor Yang of Sui, notorious for his tyrannous reign about 1,500 years ago.

The 20-square-metre tomb found in Yangzhou City, in east Jiangsu Province in China, may belong to Yang Guang, or Emperor Yang of Sui, the second and last monarch of the short-lived Sui Dynasty (581-618 AD), Xinhua news agency reported.

"A gravestone excavated from the tomb confirmed the emperor`s identity, while an inscription about the year of his death concurred with historical accounts," said Shu Jiaping, head of Yangzhou`s institute of archaeology.

"But we`re still not sure whether it was the emperor`s final resting place, as historical records said his tomb had been relocated several times," Shu said.

The tomb was discovered last year at a construction site, adjoined with another tomb that archaeologists said may belong to the empress.

A gold-jade belt and a loop-shaped copper handle are among the artifacts unearthed from the tomb.

A notorious tyrant in China`s history, Yang Guang made millions of workers build palaces and luxury leisure boats. His legacy includes the Grand Canal, which was later increased to connect Beijing and Hangzhou in the world`s longest artificial waterway.

The emperor was killed during a mutiny in 618 AD, which marked the end of the Sui Dynasty and may explain the relatively small scale of the extravagant emperor`s tomb, researchers said.


First Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 18:37

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