China's major archaeological finds in last five years (part 2) | 2017-09-18 08:38

China's major archaeological discoveries were selected from the list of significant archaeological finds announced by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) from 2011 to 2016.

Each year, 10 significant finds are selected from a group of candidates that date from the Paleolithic era to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The selection is organized by the Archaeological Society of China and China Culture Relics Newspaper, and supervised by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage.

These major archaeological discoveries cover a rich variety of sites, ranging from the cemetery, kiln, Buddhist remains, a granary site and mining sites, and some of them are relatively rare archaeological findings. These discoveries provide crucial information and bring new perspective to academic research.

The following selection of China's major archaeological discoveries is listed according to chronological order from the Paleolithic era to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

China's major archaeological finds in last five years (part 2)

An archaeologist takes picture of a skeleton at the Adunqiaolu relic site in Wenquan, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region [File photo/Xinhua]

Adunqiaolu relic site and tombs in Wenquan, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region

The Adunqiaolu site and tombs, located 41 kilometers west of Wenquan county of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, can be dated back to the Bronze Age (about 1800 BC in China).

While archeologists had previously found similar sites in areas of Kazakhstan and Russia, Adunqiaolu was the first for China.

Based on its scale and remains, the site might have functioned as a ritual center within the Bortala Valley or even further.

Large-scale stone architecture and tombs were of great significance in the exploration of early Bronze Age culture in the western Tianshan Mountain area.

From June to September 2012, archeologists excavated three linked houses and nine stone burial chambers, traced back to the 19th and 17th centuries BC.

The discovery of Adunqiaolu site provided important material for research into the cultural link between Northwest China and Central Asia during the Bronze Age.

Adunqiaolu relic site in Wenquan of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was listed as one of China's top 10 archaeological discoveries in 2012.

Previous Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Page

Related Stories

Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349