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Discovery of the Tomb of Jia Bao in Datong

In Datong, Shanxi, in a tomb connected with a person named Jia Bao 贾宝,  archaeologists  for the first time found wooden figurines of warriors and  grave-quelling beasts from the Northern Wei period.  The style of the  grave is largely that of the Jin system 晋制. The tomb (M13) these  figurines came out of was special in shape, in its numerous grave  goods, its clear date, and that it belonged to a named individual.   Within the chamber of this tomb there was a wooden hall 木堂, within  which there was a wooden couch.  Unfortunately, these wooden structures  collapsed and rotted away.  That Jia Bao had a wooden hall rather than a stone one means the budget for his tomb was limited  and he was probably of middle means.  Among the tomb's grave goods was a  stone stele that has the following inscription: “唯大代太和元年 (477 CE)  岁次丁巳十月辛亥朔十日庚申凉州武威郡姑藏县民贾宝铭.”  Jia Bao is not mentioned  in the dynastic histories, however the Wuwei Jia lineage was one of  Liangzhou 凉州 great families.  Forty-three other tombs were found in this  cemetery.
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Discovery of the Doulu Family Cemetery

Near the new Xi'an-Xianyang airport, archaeologists discovered a Northern Dynasties family cemetery. In the tomb passage of M3, excavators found the top section of a stele. From it, they confirmed that the tomb belonged to the famous Northern Zhou figure Doulu En 豆卢恩. Both he and his elder brother Doulu Ning 豆卢宁 were important officials during the Western Wei and Northern Zhou. Doulu En who died in 566 was particularly well-known for his outstanding military service.  The Doulu family was a famous Xianbei clan that often intermarried with the royal family. The cemetery consists of four tombs. The cemetery still has its complete, surrounding ditch, so it is the most complete Northern Zhou cemetery ever found in Shannxi. The four tombs have three generations of the Doulu family. The tombs have many grave goods: 395 in all. The main body of Doulu En stele is at Xianyang's Confucian temple. The tomb of Doulu Zheng has two styles of figurines: those of the Northern Zhou and the Sui. One remarkable piece is a clay camel that is carrying a sack with the face of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine.

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