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Researchers have discovered grisly skeletons believed to be of human sacrifices in a royal tomb from 700BC.
The tomb, which is believed to be over 2,600 years old, is thought to have belonged to a royal member of the Xirong civilisation.
Remains of five human sacrifices were found in the tomb in China and the site is considered to be of great archaeological significance.
It has been unearthed at Xuyang Cemetery in the city of Luoyang in China’s Henan Province.
The Xirong people came from the Chinese north-west to populate central China during the so-called Spring and Autumn Period which lasted from around 771 to 476 BC.
Bronze bells and jade rings and ornaments were just some of the objects discovered in the tomb, which is thought to contain the mortal remains of an important royal or nobleman.
The burial of horses and other animals at the site also supports the hypothesis.
Five skeletons belonging to a male and four females, all around 30 years old, were also unearthed in the tomb.
They are believed to have been buried alive alongside the deceased nobleman as a human sacrifice.
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This is a potentially significant find as some expert believed the inhuman practice had ceased during this time period.
Reports said this is the first time that Xirong remains have been found within the Central Plain region of China.
The archaeological dig at the cemetery began in 2013 and 150 tombs have been excavated so far.
Separately, earlier this year a mysterious 1,000-year-old tomb was unearthed by archeologists after a farmer accidentally stumbled upon it while turning his land in China.
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Speculated to be the final resting place of an incredibly rich and powerful man who lived more than a millennium ago, the tomb remains sealed shut with an intricate layer of brick.
The narrow tomb entrance, leading to a circular cavity surrounded by carved stone, was revealed in footage released on March 27.
Experts in the county of Guangzong, which is in Xingtai City in China’s northern province of Hebei (not to be confused with Hubei) have yet to break through the chamber entrance below.
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