The graveyard consists of a cluster of tombs believed to be related to the nobles during the early Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 B.C.). Researchers finished excavating the graveyard on Thursday.

“The sculpture was found positioned over the head of the owner of tomb M111, suggesting that it was of some significance at the time,” said Zhang Changping, a history professor at Wuhan University.

The shape and design of the sculpture are similar to masks uncovered from the Sanxingdui Ruins in China's Sichuan province. But archaeologists said it resembles another two-faced sculpture found in 1989 in a Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 B.C.) tomb in Jiangxi province.

First discovered in 2011, the Yejiashan Graveyard was inscribed among China's top 10 archaeological findings that year.

The latest excavation has found the dynasty's first painted bronze and a tomb burying a set of 19 dings (cooking vessels) and 12 guis (food containers) that surpassed the burial norms for a king.


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