Ancient Korean warrior’s 1,500-year-old tomb discovered in Namwon

연합뉴스 / 2021-07-31 13:47:15
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▲ This photo, provided by Wanju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, shows ornaments for sheath-ends found in tomb No.30 in Yugok-ri and Durak-ri Tumuli in Namwon. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

▲ This photo, provided by Wanju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, shows tomb No. 30 in Yugok-ri and Durak-ri Tumuli in Namwon.  (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

▲ This photo, provided by Wanju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, shows burial accessories found in tomb No.30 in Yugok-ri and Durak-ri Tumuli in Namwon.  (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

▲ This photo, provided by Wanju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, shows the shells in the pots found in tomb No.30 in Yugok-ri and Durak-ri Tumuli in Namwon.  (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

▲ This photo, provided by Wanju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, shows the examination scene of tomb No.30 in Yugok-ri and Durak-ri Tumuli in Namwon (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

 

SEOUL, July 31 (Yonhap) -- Weapons and pottery were unearthed from a Daegaya, South Korea’s ancient kingdom, style tomb in Yugok-ri and Durak-ri Tumuli in Namwon, South Jeolla Province.

A bunch of arrowheads, a flag-pole holder, and ornaments for sheath-ends were discovered from tomb No. 30, according to Wanju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Sunday.

Tomb No.30, the institute’s first site in Yugok-ri and Durak-ri Tumuli since it launched its investigation in the area September last year, is estimated to have been built around the end of 5th and the early 6th century.

The burial mound is 23 meters to 24 meters long. It is located near tomb No.32, where important artifacts such as glit-bronze shoes and bronze mirrors have been discovered.

The tomb consists of a main space for the deceased and separate room for burial accessories. Outside the mound was a rectangular-shaped stone-lined chamber tomb from the Goryeo Dynasty.

The main space was severely damaged by thefts especially along the short side of the wall. The stones and the walls covering the tomb had collapsed, said the institute.

The researchers, however, managed to recover iron arrowheads and pieces of earthenware from the dirt that filled the holes dug by the thieves.

A flag holder made of bent irons and ornaments for sheath-ends, commonly found in Silla and Gaya tombs between the 5th and 6th centuries, were excavated from the grounds.

"A flag holder is an equine equipment, but the one we recovered is not in a complete form," said an official from the institute. "The tomb owner is presumed to have been a socially and politically influential warrior."

Other burial objects included a Daegaya-style bowl saucer and around 30 pots.

A notable fact is that the pots were containing softshells and veined rapa whelks commonly collected along the country’s western and southern shores.

These shellfish were also found in ancient tombs of Silla in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province including Geumryeongchong Tomb and Seobongchong Tomb. The tombs in Yugok-ri and Durak-ri are located in the northern part of Mount Jiri, with no direct access to the seas.

“Various presumptions can be made," an official at the institute said. “There may have been a trade network between the people living in the seas and those in Namwon. People may have brought the items at the funeral for the tomb owner, supposedly of high status.”

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