A Great Archaeological Discovery
From 1972 to 1974, three tombs of the early Western Han dynasty were excavated at Mawangdui in Changsha. The tombs were identified as those of Li Cang, who was the chancellor to the prince of Changsha State and the Marquis of Dai, Li Cang’ wife and his son. The over 3000 cultural relics unearthed from the tombs not only provide artefacts for studying the politics, economics, science and technology of the early Western Han civilization, but also establish a yardstick for dating the archaeology of the early Han dynasty.

Photo of the location of Mawangdui Han Tombs