Archaeologists in China have discovered several troves of gold artifacts in the royal tombs of the Marquis of Haihun State of the Western Han Dynasty, which date back two millennia according to China Daily. The series of eight tombs are spread out over an area of 40,000 square meters.
So far, researchers have discovered 378 gold coins at the site, the most ever found in a tomb from the Han Dynasty. Other objects found include 10 tons of bronze coins and over 10,000 other items made of gold, iron, jade, wood, and bamboo.
Experts believe that Liu He, the grandson of Emperor Wu and the first Marquis of Haihun, is buried there.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) December 25, 2015
In addition to the wealth of artifacts yielded by this site, it is also considered the most well-preserved royal burial ground in all of China, boasting a clear layout and distinguished “ritual system.” The Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang has already exhibited 110 items from the excavation.
More photographs of the excavation can be viewed here.