During excavations in northern China, archaeologists have discovered a rare ancient burial in which a couple of lovers embracing were found. The tomb belongs to that historical period when love and longing for love reigned in China.
According to the Xinhua news agency, the discovery was presented by Jilin University, whose archaeological team discovered an unusual tomb. It was found in Datong City, Shanxi Province in northern China, back in 2020. Since then, excavations have been carried out there, the results of which have only now been presented to the public. Dating allowed to establish that the age of the tomb is about 1600 years. It belongs to the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534).
It turned out to be a pair burial, and archaeologists called it "the tomb of lovers." The fact is that a man and a woman lie in the same sarcophagus. At the same time, the man's hands are wrapped around the waist of his beloved, while the partner pressed against his chest, resting her head on his shoulder. The researchers also found a silver ring on the ring finger of the woman's left hand.
Scientists have already conducted laboratory analysis of the remains. He showed that at the time of her death, the woman was absolutely healthy. She was not found to have traces of injuries or diseases that could cause death. The man was diagnosed with a fracture of his right arm, which did not have time to heal. Everything indicates that these two could commit suicide, unwittingly referring us to the plot of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Romeo and Juliet".
The veracity of the story told by Shakespeare has not yet been established. However, both this and previous archaeological discoveries unequivocally point to a certain plausibility of the story of unfortunate lovers.
Archaeologists point out that several tombs of hugging couples dating back to the Northern Wei Dynasty have been discovered earlier in China. However, the new archaeological find is unique and rare in many ways. Researchers, in particular, say that it is surprisingly well preserved. According to scientists, such burials help to better interpret the social perception of human life and death and attitudes towards love during the Northern Wei Dynasty.
They note that the Datong region of antiquity was a real "melting pot" for various ethnic cultures. At that time, a fashion for longing and love flourished. By the way, the silver ring that adorned the woman's hand is one of the evidence of this. It is known that such products in that era served as symbols of love and marriage, and were not just jewelry.
This is not the only recent archaeological discovery. So, in the Shanxi province, 14 rich brick tombs from the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234 AD) were recently found. They were unearthed in the village of Dongzhuang, near the city of Home. It is noteworthy that the excavations started back in July 2016. It took archaeologists five years to carefully clean the structures and objects found in them and catalog them.
Two tombs, designated M12 and M14, attracted particular attention of the staff of the Shanxi Provincial Institute of Archeology. They turned out to be the best preserved. They were luxurious tombs with richly decorated wooden structures and brick burial chambers.
Three Chinese characters were engraved above their entrances, which translate as "great fortune". The tombs were elaborately decorated with brick carvings and colored frescoes.The owners of the tombs themselves were depicted on the northern walls, it turned out to be a family burial of a husband and wife. They were depicted sitting on chairs at a square table, on which stood a platter of fruit. The mistress of the tomb holds a scroll in her hand, and her husband holds a rosary.