This is the stunning yet cryptic millennium-old tomb unearthed by archeologists after a farmer happened upon it while turning his land.
The final resting place of what is speculated to be a high-ranking official or individual of substantial wealth was 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 27th March.
But experts in the county of Guangzong, which is in Xingtai City in China’s northern province of Hebei, have yet to break through the chamber entrance below.
Video from the village of Dawang shows the farmer’s land having been converted into an archeological dig site, with most of the tomb entrance having been excavated.
Experts say, judging by the style of the burial site, the tomb most likely dated back to the early Song dynasty (960 to 1279 AD).
Further analysis is under way to determine the internal structure, with local officials having not put a date on when they planned to excavate further into the burial chamber.
The Song dynasty began what is known as China’s Renaissance, which united a once divided land full of political turmoil since the end of the fallen Tang dynasty (618 to 907 AD).
While the Tang dynasty was seen as the ‘golden age’ of Chinese literature, the Song dynasty saw the flourishing of science and technology, including advancements in gunpowder.
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