DPRK Displays Archaeological Gains (People’s Daily Online)
A collection of ancient relics and fossils is currently on display at the Kim Il-Sung University’s Nature Museum in Pyongyang. The collection is comprised of thousands of artifacts and fossils which have been unearthed in the Taedong river basin and includes hand axes dating from the palaeolithic era, fossils from over 30 different animals, over 2,000 pieces of stoneware and jawbones from humans who lived in the region between 20,000 and 60,000 years ago.
Remains of Ancient Village Found in Yeoncheon (Yonhap News Agency)
Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient residential site in Yeoncheon, South Korean, which is believed to be around 2,000 years old. The site lies close to the DMZ and is home to nearly 80 residential buildings and 9 stone tombs dating from the Goguryo Era.
Silk Road Treasures (The Los Angeles Times)
An exhibition featuring mummies and artifacts unearthed in the Taklamakan Desert has recently opened at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. This is the first time that the bodies of the Taklamakan mummies have been on display in the United State and one of the mummies on display is the so-called “Beauty of Xiaohe”, who is believed to have lived in the region over 3,800 years ago. The exhibition “Secrets of the Silk Road : Mystery Mummies of China” will be running until July 25, 2010.
Taiwan’s National Cultural Association is currently campaigning to have the ancient oracle bone script listed as a UN world cultural heritage item. Taiwan’s Academic Sinica is home to the world’s largest collection of oracle bone artifacts and is hoping to join forces with China so that the two nations can compile an online database which can be used for the study of this ancient writing system.
Nine bronze vessels dating from the Shang, Western Zhou and Spring and Autumn Periods are on display in mainland China for the first time in recent history. Chinese collectors have spent over $44 million to purchase them from overseas collections and have them returned to China. One of the items on display is a bronze tripod dating from the Spring and Autumn Period and which may have belonged to the King of Wu.
Royal Texts of Joseon Found in Japan (JoongAng Daily)
A Korean journalist from the JoongAng Daily gained access to some of the Korean royal texts believed to be in Japanese possession. The South Korean government claims that thousands of royal texts were stolen by the Japanese during their colonial rule and are currently being held by Japan’s Imperial Household Agency. This year marks the centenary of Japanese occupation and Korean legislators and diplomats will no doubt be stepping up their efforts to have the texts returned to South Korea.