The Japan Times, August 13, 1997

Archaeologists say 6,000-year-old tomb found in Hunan

BEIJING (AP) Archaeologists have found a 6,000-year-old tomb at a construction site near the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, the official Xinhua news agency reported Monday.
The 2.5-by-1.5-meter stone-age tomb holds the skeletal remains of one body and pots, bowls, ceramic jars, a bone needle and other artifacts.
The tomb was found 2 meters below ground in Zhoukou prefecture of Hunan Province, it said.
In a separate report, Xinhua said a series of 2,000-year-old tombs from the Han dynasty have been found at a highway construction site in the northeastern province of Liaoning.
Most of the 34 tombs consist of one-room brick burial chambers, the report said. It said the excavators found earthenware funeral objects and a dozen bronze Han dynasty coins, but most of the artifacts in the tombs already had been stolen by grave robbers.