Tomb of Bronze Age discovered in Rason

July 12, 2022

Tomb of Bronze Age discovered in Rason

While conducting research into relics in close contact with officials in the national heritage protection sector in the city of Rason, the Archaeology Institute under the Academy of Social Sciences recently unearthed a tomb in Cho Island, Haeyang-dong, Rajin District in the city, which dates back to the Bronze Age.

The tomb which lies from east to west is characterized by a wood coffin buried in a 50cm-deep rectangular pit. The bones and relics began to be exposed at the 30cm-deep layer of black soil and the bottom was covered with shells to the thickness of 10cm.

In view of the sutures of the skulls and the features of the joints, the bones are believed to be of a man and woman in their twenties to thirties.

The skull of the man is short-headed and that of the woman middle-headed near to short head.

The anthropological characters of the skulls are as follows: The foreheads are straight and the face bones are of middle size with low-bridged middle-size noses, high eye sockets and wide palates, all of which show the unique features which can only be seen in the ancient Koreans in the Bronze Age.

This proves that the unique characteristics of the Koreans which had begun to form at the stage of Neolithic man were handed down to the Bronze Age through the Neolithic era.

More than 20 pieces of relics were unearthed from the tomb. Such stone tools as rake, ax, hatchet, arrowhead and spearhead were made with well-trimmed and delicately-ground stones of various qualities. And the pieces of earthenware, red vessels mainly used in the Bronze Age in Korea, demonstrate the harmonious beauty of balance and delicate making techniques.


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