The archaeological excavation was mainly conducted in Caomenwan tomb area west of Guojiamiao cemetery. Archaeologists has excavated a total of 29 tombs, one chariot pit, two horse pits and one chariot and horse pit dating back to the period spanning from the late Western Zhou Dynasty to the early Spring and Autumn Period.
Tomb 1 among them was robbed in early years. However, a large number of bronze ritual and musical instruments, chariot and horse fittings, lacquered wooden objects and jade ware have been unearthed in the whole excavation area. In particular, the lacquered wooden musical instruments, gold tiger and hand-made inkstick are the earliest of their own kind so far discovered, and they provide new materials for studies of the pre-Qin society.
Photo 1-2: bronze bell with a bronze clapper
Photo 3: bronze Ding with inscription
Photo 4: bronze plate with inscription of “Pangbo”
Photo 5: bronze Yi
Photo 6-7: bronze Fu
Photo 8: tiger-shaped gilded bronze ornament
Photo 9: pottery drainpipe(hubei.gov.cn by Mao Huifang)