1,500-year-old tomb and frescoes restored in China

1,500-year-old tomb and frescoes restored in China

A team of Chinese archaeologists has recently completed the renovation of a 1,500-year-old tomb old located in Shanxi province, while restored the murals located insideThey explained in a statement last Monday. The grave in question is that of Xu Xianxiu, a senior official of the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577), which had suffered severe oxidation due to exposure to air, which led Wu Guangwen, director of the enclosure, to initiate restoration work.

Wu explained that the state of the frescoes has been improved thanks to the restoration works carried out by the Dunhuang Academy, and had an investment of approximately 400,000 euros. "These murals are very valuable and we must strive to preserve them”, He explained.

Located on the outskirts of Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi, the Tomb contains ancient frescoes that are among the best preserved in the entire Northern Qi Dynasty. They cover approximately 330 square meters and for experts they have great archaeological value.

On the other hand, the tomb is among the ten most important archaeological discoveries of 2002 and has been included by the State Business Council (the central government) in the list of relics under national protection.

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