송고시간 | 2019-12-02 09:26
수촌리 고분군 토광묘서 목걸이 구슬과 함께 나와
1,600 year old Pair of Baekje Gold Earings Found at the Site
Excavated from late 4c Pit tomb, alongside Bead Necklace
Dec. 2 ( Seoul = Yonhapnews) -- Believed to have been made as early as the end of the 4th century AD before Baekje moved the capital from Seoul to Ungjin, the present-day Gongju, Gongcheongnam-do Province, a pair of elaborate gold earrings has been excavated from Suchon-ri Burial Site, Gongju.
Archaeologists from the Chungnam Institute of History and Culture has discovered the earrings along with many beads that were believed to be part of necklaces showing the true crafts of Baekje from a pit tomb at the site.
The earrings are about 4cm long respectively, and they are wrapped around 15 times with thin gold thread to shape it like a chain and then decorated at the bottom.
Lee Chang-ho, chief researcher of the Institute said, "It is similar in shape to the gold earrings found in No. 8 stone-lined pit burial grave at the site in 2011." "It's complex and gorgeous as a Baekje artifact."
He added, "The gold earrings are important data for studying Baekje era metal crafts because there are not many cases where this kind of artifacts were excavated from nearby ruins."
This year archaeologists excavated the southwestern slopes of the area excavated in 2016 to find three pit tombs and three stone-lined cist burials.
Ariel view of the Excavation area
The No. 19 pit tomb in which earrings and beads have been discovered has a 352cm long, 164cm wide, and 63cm deep pit hole. Located near the top of the hill, it is a tomb belonging to the middle and large classes in Suchon-ri tombs.
As a result of excavations in 2003 before the construction of the Ui-dang Agricultural Industrial Complex, from the Suchon-ri site, large-scale tombs from the Baekje era were found, and from there, a pair fo guilt bronze shoes, gold earrings, ring-pommeled swords, Chinese black glazed ceramic pots with chicken heads were excavated.
It was spotlighted as the biggest achievement in the excavation of Baekje Tombs since the finding of King Muryeong's tomb in 1971.
No. 20 Stone-lined Cist Tomb
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