Chinese ruler Liu Zhi reigned from 146-168 A.D. and became famous for his particular cruelty.
During recent excavations at the mausoleum in Luoyang, China, archaeologists have found an artifact that may definitively confirm that the mysterious tomb belongs to Emperor Liu Zhi. This is reported by Live Science.
Archaeologists have known about the mausoleum for many years and have long believed that it could belong to Liu Zhi. However, a seal found during the excavation may confirm these speculations. The seal bears the name of Emperor Liu Hong, Liu Zhi’s successor. According to historical records, it was Liu Hong who built the mausoleum for Liu Zhi after his mysterious death.
“Previous documents on the location of the emperor’s tomb and this discovery give us near certainty that this tomb belongs to Emperor Liu Zhi,” said Wang Xianqi, a junior researcher at the Luoyang City Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology who was involved in the excavation.
Wang also added that ruins of a courtyard, corridor, well, pathway and drainage channel were discovered at the excavation site. All of these will make it possible to study the layout of the tomb and the burial systems of the emperors of the Eastern Han Dynasty.
It is noted that Emperor Liu Zhi ruled China during the period of great internecine strife. During his reign there were frequent famines and numerous rebellions in the empire. The emperor carried out bloody purges among palace officials, but this did not help the development of the country.
Emperor Liu Zhi was prone to violence and was also famous for his love of women. Liu Zhi died in January 168 at the age of 36. Historical records say that the emperor was assassinated.