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Children's graveyard unearthed in China

Chinese archaeologists have unearthed a 2,200-year-old children's graveyard, containing nearly 20 tombs, in the province of Inner Mongolia.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 17:52 IST

Chinese archaeologists have unearthed a 2,200-year-old children's graveyard, containing nearly 20 tombs, in the province of Inner Mongolia on Saturday.

The 100-square meter graveyard was dug up at the ruins of ancient Tuchengzi Town in Helinger County, media reports said.

The archaeologists uncovered many earthenware jar-shaped coffins for housing the children's remains inside the tombs, which date back to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - 24 AD).

Chen Yongzhi, vice director of the regional archeological research center, said that infant mortality was high during the period, due to poor living conditions and extreme weather conditions in the frontier region of ancient China.