Tomb confirmed as belonging to son of controversial emperor, Marquis of Haihun

Source:Xinhua-Global Times Published: 2018/1/28 17:43:39 Last Updated: 2018/1/29 7:30:58

A metal seal unearthed at the tomb at the Marquis of Haihun site Photo: VCG

A tomb unearthed in East China is believed to be that of the eldest son of one of China's most controversial emperors, Liu He, better known to history as the Marquis of Haihun.

Archeologists said Friday that a metal seal reading "Liu Chongguo" was found in the No. 5 tomb at the site on the outskirts of the Jiangxi Province capital city of Nanchang.

The seal was discovered along with jade, crystal and agate at the tomb in the city's Xinjian district, according to Li Cunxin, a researcher at the Chinese Society of Social Sciences. No bones or teeth were found there.

From historical records, researchers believe Liu Chongguo was the eldest son of Liu He: Liu He's tomb is located south of the tomb.

In January 2016, the marquis' remains were found and removed from an interior chamber coffin.

Grandson of Emperor Wu of Han, Liu He became emperor in 74 BC, but was deposed 27 days later by Empress Dowager Shangguan on the advice of powerful minister Huo Guang.

She replaced Liu He with Liu Bingyi who became Emperor Xuan. Emperor Xuan made Liu a marquis in 63BC.

Excavation began in 2011 at the site, considered one of China's best-preserved Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD25) royal tombs. At least 10,000 artifacts have been unearthed so far including a series of gold objects. The long-lost Qi version of Analects was also found there.

The site is scheduled to be turned into a national archaeological park, the site's management office announced in early December.


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