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OSAKA, June 13 (Bernama) — Japanese archaeologists have found tablets containing census registration records dating back to the seventh century within remains located in Dazaifu city in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

The tablets are believed to be the oldest census registration records in Japan’s history, Xinhua news agency reported.

The city’s Cultural Assets Section said the team, which examined the tablets with infrared rays, found at least 16 names of families along with their titles and relationships written on both sides of one of the tablets measuring 31 centimeters long and eight centimeters wide.

The description on the tablet also includes some words related to changes of address and historical names of places that were used between the year 685 and 701, leading archaeologists to believe that tablets were used as a form of census registration during that period. Read more.

The results are in from China’s most recent national heritage census — the first in more than 20 years — and they’re not good.

According to the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH), around 44,000 of China’s 766,722 registered heritage sites have completely disappeared, while approximately a quarter of those remaining are either “poorly preserved” or “in a state of disrepair.”  No sites were specifically mentioned in the census, but the study included ancient ruins, temples and other cultural relics.

According to Liu Xiaohe, deputy director of the survey, economic construction is among the biggest reasons for the destruction.  Many of the vanished sites were completely unprotected or ignored by protection units overseeing national and provincial cultural relics, thereby allowing their demolition in favor of construction projects.  In addition, some heritage sites were destroyed without explanation. Read more.