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1,700-year-old wooden business card unearthed in Jiangxi
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-03-15 17:19
Artifacts retrieved from a 1,700-year-old tomb discovered at a construction site in this city in east China's Jiangxi Province includes a name plaque of the entombed.

The plaque, which is made of wood, helped archaeologists identify Lei Tiao Poyang as the person buried in the tomb, said Fan Changsheng, director of Jiangxi Provincial Institute of Archeology.

The name plaque is 3.2 cm wide, 24.7 cm long and 0.7 cm thick, Fan said. A similar name plaque was also discovered in the tomb, but archaeologists could not be discern what it said.

The plaques are among the 50-plus relics found in the tomb which was discovered at a construction site at Nanchang Railway Station.

The cache includes nine pieces of lacquer work, ten pieces of bronze ware, 12 pieces of porcelain and 24 pieces of wood ware.

The tomb yielded a remarkable amount of state-of-the-art porcelain, lacquer and bronze ware, indicating a booming economy during the Jin Dynasty (265 - 420), Fan said.

It also provides evidences that China's economic center was gradually moving south of the Yangtze River during the Jin Dynasty and the Northern and Southern Dynasties (386 - 589), Fan said.

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