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The Gangga Cemetery in Chen Barag Banner, Inner Mongolia

Joint Hulun Buir Archaeology Team of the Institute of Archaeology, CASS, Inner Mongolian Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University and Hulun Buir Nationality Museum

From the journal Chinese Archaeology

Abstract

In July through October 2014, the Joint Hulun Buir Archaeological Team organized by the Institute of Archaeology, CASS and other institutions conducted excavation to the Gangga Cemetery in Chen Barag Banner. This cemetery covering an area of about 2ha was located on the riverbank terrace about 6km to the east of Hoh Nor Town and about 600m to the south of the mainstream of the Hailar River. The excavated area is 680sq m, from which 16 burials were recovered. All of the burials had wooden burial receptacles, most of which were log coffins, and some of them were furnished with wooden board coffins. The grave goods unearthed from these burials included pottery wares, wooden saddles, birch bark quivers, iron arrowheads, bronze belt ornaments, agate beads, etc. The date of Gangga Cemetery was around the 8–10th centuries CE, which is significantly valuable for the exploration of the origination of the Mongol ethnic group.


Postscript

This report is a partial result of “The comprehensive research on the origin of Mongol ethnic group and the imperial mausoleums of the Yuan Dynasty”, a key commission project of the National Social Science Fund of China (grant number: 12@ZH014). This report published in Kaogu 考古(Archaeology) 2015.7:75-86 with 25 illustrations was authored by Guoxiang Liu 刘国 祥, Jinsong Bai 白劲松, Yongzhi Chen 陈永志, Cunxin Li 李存信 and Ruiwen Shen 沈睿文 and translated into English by Tricia E. Owlett 李春霞.


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