Many ancient cultural relics have been discovered in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of northwest China's Qinghai Province, according to local administration of cultural relics.
The newly-discovered cultural relics are large-scale ancient grave groups and rock paintings, with the former in Zhiqu Town of Zhiduo County and the latter in Qumahe Town of Qumalai County, said Gama Tuga, director of local administration of cultural relics.
The Jiakongka grave group, facing the south at an altitude of 4,322 meters above sea level, covers an area of 37,800 meters square. However, some tombs suffered damages to different extent.
Among the total 29 tombs, the largest one is 21.2 meters long, 25.9 meters wide and seven meters above the ground, while the smallest one is 12.7 meters long, 8.6 meters wide and three meters above the ground.
The 13 rock paintings in Qumalai County, concentrated in distribution at an altitude of 4,401 meters above sea level, cover an area of about 60 meters square. They were chiseled with the images of hunting, camels, leopards, and deer, etc.
The largest painting with an image of bull is 0.44 meters long, 0.28 meters wide, and the smallest one with an image of scimitar is 0.3 meters long and 0.16 meters wide. The paintings were reportedly finished at around 1000 B.C. from a comprehensive analysis of the techniques and forms.
The Administration of Cultural Relics of Yushu Autonomous Prefecture has now set up a detailed record of the cultural relics and made copies and rubbings of part of the rock paintings, said Gama Tuga, and effective measures have been taken to protect the two sites for further research.