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Suspected tomb of Chinese tyrant discovered
China Daily ^ | Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | Xinhua

Posted on 04/20/2013 8:51:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Chinese archaeologists said that a tomb unearthed in east Jiangsu Province might be the final resting place of an emperor known for his tyrannous reign about 1,500 years ago.

The 20-square-meter tomb in Yangzhou City might belong to Yang Guang, or Emperor Yang of Sui, the second and last monarch of the short-lived Sui Dynasty (AD 581-618), according to the city's cultural heritage bureau.

A gravestone excavated from the tomb confirmed the emperor's identity, while an inscription about the year of his death concurred with historical accounts, said Shu Jiaping, head of Yangzhou's institute of archaeology.

"But we're still not sure whether it was the emperor's final resting place, as historical records said his tomb had been relocated several times," Shu said.

The tomb was discovered last year at a construction site, adjoined with another tomb that archaeologists said might belong to the empress.

Artifacts unearthed from the tomb included a gold-jade belt and a loop-shaped copper handle.

A notorious tyrant in China's history, Yang Guang made millions of workers build palaces and luxury leisure boats. His legacy includes the Grand Canal, which was later increased to connect Beijing and Hangzhou in the world's longest artificial waterway.

The emperor was killed during a mutiny in 618 AD, which marked the end of the Sui Dynasty and may explain the relatively small scale of the extravagant emperor's tomb, researchers said.

(Excerpt) Read more at chinadaily.com.cn ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: china; emperoryang; godsgravesglyphs; suidynasty; tyrant; yang; yangguang
A map of Sui dynasty China, showing the surrounding kingdoms and peoples.

A map of Sui dynasty China, showing the surrounding kingdoms and peoples.

1 posted on 04/20/2013 8:51:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 04/20/2013 8:52:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

They found Mao’s grave?


3 posted on 04/20/2013 9:35:36 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Emperor Yang of Sui? Hmmm... sure it’s not supposed to be Emperor Chop of Sui?


4 posted on 04/20/2013 9:43:32 PM PDT by married21
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To: married21

No, it’s Emperor Miso Honi.


5 posted on 04/20/2013 10:07:19 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: SunkenCiv

Most famous for creation of Chinese pork dish, Sui piggie.


6 posted on 04/20/2013 11:32:23 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: married21

Famous for the creation of the martial Art known as Kung Pao.


7 posted on 04/21/2013 5:39:20 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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