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1,500-year-old frescoes found in Qi dynasty tomb

A 1,500 year-old tomb, belonging to Gao Xiao Xu, a male heir to the Qi dynasty, has been found in Hebei province in China.

Chinese archaeologists are especially interested in the intricate frescoes – depicting honour guard officials – painted on the walls of a 15 metre long passage because the images will help them piece together the customs and dress of the period.

But the excavation of the tomb has of course exposed the frescoes to the fresh air – which could damage the crumbling images even further.

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