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The most significant burials include Tomb 1 at Changtaiguan in Xinyang, southern Henan Province,11 Tomb 1 at Wangshan,12 burials at Yutaishan,13 Tomb 1 at Tianxingguan,14 Tomb 1 at Mashan,15 and Tomb 2 at Baoshan16the latter five in the Jiangling region of Hubei Province. These are all large and richly furnished tombs comparable to those excavated at Xiasi and Suixian, but instead of ritual bronzes, lacquered wooden vessels and decorated silks predominate. Changtaiguan Tomb 1, datable around the beginning of the fourth century, yielded 150 lacquered wooden vessels in comparison to less than 30 in bronze.

115 Approximately 70 percent of the three thousand Chu tombs of the Jiangnan region excavated to date are located in Hunan. Not many date to Spring and Autumn times, and few of these are elite burials, but from the middle Warring States period on, there is a heavy concentration of both Chu tombs and settlement sites, especially in northern Hunan. Significant tombs, some of considerable size,116 are distributed across a broad areafrom Yueyang and Changde in northern Hunan, as far south as the foot of the Nanling range, west to Mayang and Guzhang, and, beyond Hunan, east to Pingxiang and Xinjian in Jiangxi.

From a diagnostic standpoint the royal tomb of Chu King You in Shouxian is understandably the most important. 111 There are, however, some marked distinctions that suggest cultural differences. Certain materials prevalent in the Hanxi area, such as the long-necked ceramic hu and the lacquer zhenmushou and drumstands, for example, are not found here. As for the Huaibei region, the Si and Yi valleys originally were within the political and cultural spheres of Lu and a number of small Eastern Yi states.

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