Tomb of Emperor Yang discovered in April (CCTV)

The tomb of China's most brutal ruler Emperor Yang of Sui has been verified by experts in China after being discovered on a construction site in the east of the country.

Emperor Yang is considered to be one of the worst tyrants in China's history. During his 12 year reign from 606AD, he commanded the reconstruction of the Great Wall, which resulted in the deaths of six million workers.

He also ordered a number of military expeditions, leaving the empire bankrupt and in revolt. Emperor Yang was eventually strangled to death in a rebellion led by his general, Yuwen Huaji.

The tomb was found on a construction site in east China (CCTV)

The military coup entered the palace and surrounded Emperor Yang, accusing him of crimes.

Some historians say Emperor Yang had offered to take poison, but none could be found, so a soldier strangled him with his scarf.

Emperor Yang was reburied by Li Yuan of the Tang Dynasty in 622 but his tomb was then moved several times.

The location of his burial has remained unknown for hundreds of years. However, in April, workers made the surprise find at a building site in Yangzhou in the Jiangsu Province.

Discovered seven months ago, experts have been working to find out the identities of the two bodies found inside the tomb.

Emperor Yang
Emperor Yang was strangled to death in a military coup (wiki commons)

Inside the tomb were a large number of burial objects, two male teeth and female bones. There was also a stone tablet with Emperor Yang's name inscribed on it, suggesting this was his burial place.

Chinese archaeologists have now determined, some 1,400 years after he was killed, that the tomb belonged to Emperor Yang and his wife, Empress Xiao,

Emperor Yang's tyranny is considered to be the reason for the Sui Dynasty's short rule.

After the rebellion, the Tang Dynasty took over and ruled China for almost 300 years, a period largely characterised by progress and stability.