Tomb of Legendary General Cao Cao Unearthed in Central China

Archeologists have discovered what is believed to be the tomb of Cao Cao, the 3rd century warlord and politician, in Henan Province. From Xinhua:

Three ancient corpses, one man and two women, were found in the two-chamber tomb in Xigaoxue village of Anyang. The man was found to have died in his sixties, which coincides the age of Cao Cao when he died, Liu Qingzhu, director of the academic committee of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told a press conference in Beijing.

More than 250 articles, made of gold, silver, pottery and etc, were unearthed from the 740-square-meter tomb, a size appropriate for a king. Archaeologists also found 59 engraved stone plates logging the name and amount of the articles buried in the tomb. Seven of the plates logged weapons “often used by the king of Wei”, or Cao Cao, Liu said.

Also unearthed were a large amount of paintings drawn on stone plates, Liu added.

Cao Cao wrote in his will that his burial place should be simple, which corresponds to the fact that the walls of the tome were not painted and few precious articles were found, said Hao Benxing, head of Henan’s Institute of Archaeology.

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