Han Dynasty Toy Story: Uncovered Relics Belong to the Son of ‘Loose Morals’ Emperor Liu

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A jade artifact found in the tomb of Liu He’s son. (Xinhua/Li He)

This tomb, known as tomb 5, is located to the north of Liu He’s tomb. Previously, researchers thought that it was the burial location of Liu He’s favorite mistress.

Yang Jun, head of the site’s archaeological team, said the team has only found a few artifacts from the nearby tomb four, and the other burial close by, tomb six, has not been excavated since work began at the site in 2011.

Goose-shaped bronze lamp excavated from the tomb of Liu He. (Siyuwj/CC BY SA 4.0)

That is not especially surprising if you consider that the Marquis of Haihun site is huge. It covers an area of about 40,000 square meters (about 10 acres) on the outskirts of Nanchang in Jiangxi Province. This site has eight known tombs as well as a rare chariot burial. As Global Times mentions, this archaeological site contains the best-preserved Western Han Dynasty royal tomb in China.

Over 20,000 artifacts have been discovered at the cemetery to date, including a version of Confucius’ Analects – a collection of writing on bamboo slips which was thought to have been lost. A possible painting of Confucius was also ironically discovered in Liu He’s tomb.

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