2,000-year Old “Icebox” Unearthed in Northwest China (Xinhua)
Archaeologists in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province said Wednesday they had found a primitive “icebox” dating back at least 2,000 years in the ruins of an emperor’s residence.
The “icebox,” unearthed in Qianyang County, contained several clay rings 1.1 metres in diameter and 0.33 metres tall, said Tian Yaqi, a researcher with the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology.
“The loops were put together to form a shaft about 1.6 metres tall,” Tian said.
The shaft was unearthed about 3 meters underground within the ruins of an ancient building which experts believed was a temporary imperial residence during the Qin Dynasty (221 – 207 BC). [continue reading]
Prehistoric Rock Paintings Found in Yellow River Valley (Xinhua)
A group of 24 rock paintings dating back 9,000 years have been found on cliffs in a Yellow River valley in northwest China’s Gansu Province, villagers and officials said Tuesday.
The paintings, which formed a rectangle 7.5 meters long and 4.4 meters wide, portrayed the family life of a man, two women and three children, as well as hunting and ploughing in their community, said Liu Zaiming, a local official in Pingchuan District in the city of Baiyin.
Liu was among the first to detect the paintings on the red sandstone of Dalangshan Mountain in Pingchuan, on the western bank of the Yellow River, China’s second longest waterway. [continue reading]
Revealing China’s Ancient Past (Physorg.com)
An archaeologist at Washington University in St. Louis is helping to reveal for the first time a snapshot of rural life in China during the Han Dynasty.
The rural farming village of Sanyangzhuang was flooded by silt-heavy water from the Yellow River around 2,000 year ago.
Working with Chinese colleagues, T.R. Kidder, PhD, professor and chair of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, is working to excavate the site, which offers a exceptionally well-preserved view of daily life in Western China more than 2,000 years ago. [continue reading]
Saving Treasure (Xinhua)
Hu Wengao might have become a billionaire. But he is now 10 million yuan (about 1.47 million U.S. dollars) in debt.
And despite his wife’s grumbling, the 56-year-old former policeman continues with his expensive vice.
He has packed three rooms of his home with about 1,500 antiques, including more than 400 bronze mirrors, some 600 jade, stone and bone objects, more than 30 bronze items, and some 300 pottery and porcelain items.
Whenever he brings home a bronze with patina or an ancient jade charm, he is too excited to sleep, and often spends days at home studying and enjoying it. [continue reading]
Cultural Relics Shown at Shanghai Expo (Xinhua)
Apart from various pavilions representing different nationalities at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, there are also pavilions focusing on the past, present, and future of the people and the cities they live in.
The Urban Footprint Pavilion is one of them. Among the highlights visitors see at the venue are ten priceless pieces from Dunhuang Grotto of Northwest China’s Gansu Province.
Upon entering the pavilion, visitors will find themselves surrounded by fresco replicas from Mogao Grottos depicting the lifestyle of the Tang Dynasty some one-thousand years ago. [continue reading]
Many Relics to be Rebuilt by Locals (Xinhua)
Religious and ethnic considerations must be taken into account in the restoration of cultural relics damaged in the April 14 earthquake in a predominantly Tibetan-populated area bordering Qinghai and Sichuan provinces, the country’s top relics protection authority said on Thursday.
Five national-level and 23 provincial-level cultural relic sites were shattered during the powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake, Guan Qiang, deputy director of the department of cultural heritage conservation at the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH), said at a briefing in Beijing.
Most of them are monasteries and other religious places like the Gyana mani stone mound in Sengza village, near the epicenter of Gyegu township in Yushu county, Qinghai province. [continue reading]
Saving Underwater Relics (Xinhua)
Chinese underwater archaeologists hope to make their ongoing efforts to salvage the sunken ship Nan’ao-1 off the coast of Guangdong province an exemplar for other underwater projects.
A total of 20 archaeologists have been working on the centuries-old shipwreck since early April, making it the biggest in-situ underwater archaeological excavation in China since the establishment of its first underwater archaeological team in 1987.
They hope to recover the ship’s full load of over 10,000 pieces of antique porcelain by the end of July before the monsoon season arrives. [continue reading]
93 Tombs Belonging to Warring States Period, Han Dynasty Unearthed (Sify News)
Archaeologists have discovered 93 tombs ranging from the times of China’s Warring States Period to Han Dynasty at the Zhangduo Ruins in Neiqiu of Xingtai, Hebei.
The Warring States period stretches from 475 B.C. to the unification of China under the Qin Dynasty in 221 B.C.
Earlier, two Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.) kiln sites and 104 Warring States period to Han Dynasty tombs were found.
The 93 tombs found in the south of Zhangduo Village are divided into Number One and Two cemeteries. [continue reading]
Chinese Bronzes of All Ages Displayed at National Palace Museum (Focus Taiwan)
Taiwan’s National Palace Museum has launched a permanent exhibition which displays Chinese bronze artifacts spanning 1,500 years, from the late Xia dynasty (early 1700 B.C.) to the Zhou (475-221 B.C.) — a period known as the Bronze Age of China.
The artifacts, which went on exhibit Friday, are from the royal collections of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties between the 10th and 20th centuries, and reflect the exquisite taste of China’s royal families.
The museum hopes that through the exhibit, “Rituals Cast in Brilliance — Chinese Bronzes Through the Ages, ” people will be able to learn the complete development of an exquisite material culture in early Chinese ages, a museum spokesman said. [continue reading]
Owner of Ancient Bronze Case from Baekje Kingdom Revealed (Korea Times)
The small, round bronze case that was found at Mireuk Temple in Iksan, North Jeolla Province, belonged to a high ranking official of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.-660 A.D.), according to the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (NRICH), Wednesday.
The case was found in the internal space of the temple’s stone pagoda. Called the “Sarigong,” this space is where the Sari or cremation remains, and related relics are placed.
The internal space inside the pagoda is called the “sarigong,” and it is where the “sari,” or cremation remains, and related relics are placed. [continue reading]