Uncle Toban in my novel is from Loulan (China). Here is a discussion of digging up graves there, from his grandfather’s time period.
BEIJING, Mar. 18 — About 330 ancient tombs have now been discovered at the Xiaohe Mausoleum compound in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. They contain dried corpses still preserved inside their coffins.
Â Â Â Â The site is located in the Luobu Desert about 150 kilometers away from the famous ruins of ancient Loulan city.
Â Â Â Â Excavated from inside a raised sand hill, the graves are estimated to have existed for over 3,000 years.