Royal tomb from 700BC discovered with human sacrifices that were 'buried alive'

Researchers have discovered gruesome skeletons believed to be from human sacrifices in a royal tomb dating back to 700 BC.

The tomb, believed to be over 2,600 years old, is said to belong to a royal member of the Xirong civilization.

Remains of five human sacrifices have been found in the tomb in China and the site is considered to be of great archaeological significance.

It was excavated at Xuyang Cemetery in Luoyang City, Henan Province, China.

The Xirong people came from the Chinese northwest to populate central China during the so-called Spring and Autumn period that lasted from about 771 to 476 BC.

Bronze bells and jade rings and ornaments were just a few of the items discovered in the tomb, believed to contain the remains of an important royal or nobleman.

Burying horses and other animals on the site also supports the hypothesis.

Five skeletons of a male and four females, all about 30 years old, were also excavated in the grave.

They are believed to have been buried alive next to the deceased nobleman as a human sacrifice.

Royal tomb from 700BC discovered with human sacrifices that were 'buried alive'

This is a potentially important find, as some experts believed the inhumane practice had stopped by this time.

According to reports, this is the first time that Xirong remains have been found in the Central Plain region of China.

Archaeological dig at the cemetery began in 2013 and 150 graves have been excavated to date.

Separately, earlier this year, a mysterious 1,000-year-old tomb was unearthed by archaeologists after a farmer accidentally stumbled upon it while turning his land in China.

Royal tomb from 700BC discovered with human sacrifices that were 'buried alive'

It is speculated to be the final resting place of an incredibly rich and powerful man who lived more than a millennium ago, the tomb remains closed off with an intricate layer of brick.

The tomb’s narrow entrance, leading to a circular cavity surrounded by carved stone, was revealed in images released March 27.

Experts in Guangzong province, which is in Xingtai City in China’s northern Hebei province (not to be confused with Hubei), have yet to break through the room entrance below.