A large tomb of China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang’s grandma has been unearthed in a university campus of northwest China’s Shaanxi province.
The tomb, situated on the new campus of Xi’an University of Finance and Economics in the southwest suburb of the city, covers 260 mu (173, 325 sq meters) and is 550 meters in length and 310 meters in width.
Archeologists have excavated two carriages pulled by six horses each from the tomb, a symbol of high rank to equal that of the emperor, which has confirmed former estimations that Qin Shi Huang’s grandmother was buried here. Read more.
Beijing: A 3000-year-old bronze sword has been discovered in a local river by an 11-year-old child in east China’s Jiangsu Province. Yang Junxi discovered the rusty sword on July 2 when he was playing near the Laozhoulin River in Gaoyou County. While washing hands in the river, Yang touched the tip of something hard and fished out the metal sword. He took it home and gave it to his father Yang Jinhai.
Upon hearing the news, people began flocking to Yang’s home, Jinhai said. “Some people even offered high prices to buy the the sword, but I felt it would be illegal to sell the cultural relic,” Jinhai told sate-run Xinhua news agency. After considering his options, the father sent the sword to the Gaoyou Cultural Relics Bureau on September 3. Read more.
ZHENGZHOU, Aug. 27 — Archaeologists in central China’s Henan Province have excavated a large neolithic settlement complete with moats and a cemetery.
The Shanggangyang Site covers an area of 120,000 square meters and sits along a river in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan, dating 5,000 to 6,000 years back to the Yangshao culture, which was widely known for its advanced pottery-making technology.
The site features two defensive moats surrounding three sides. Researchers have found relics of three large houses as well as 39 tombs, the large number suggesting several generations resided there, archaeologist Gao Zanling, a member of the Zhengzhou Administration of Cultural Heritage, said. Read more.
BEIJING: Archaeologists said Saturday they have discovered a tomb with well preserved wall paintings, dating back more than 1,200 years, in northwest China’s Shaanxi province.
The Tang dynasty (618-907) tomb of a high ranking official and his wife in Chang’an district, Xi’an City, is 11 metres deep and about 40 metres long, said Zhao Rong, head of Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Administration. The grave had been raided by robbers.
The murals in the chamber show great skill, Xinhua reported citing the official.
Excavation began in February this year and cleaning work is still under way along with measures to protect the artwork, said Zhao.
Xi’an, historically known as Chang’an, was the Chinese capital during the rule of several dynasties, including the Tang dynasty. (source)
Zoroastrianism was the state religion of the ancient Persian Empire. Its founder, Zoroaster, or Zarathustra, is thought to have been born in what is now Northeast Iran or Southwest Afghanistan. A 2004 survey by the Zoroastrian Associations of North America put the estimated number of believers worldwide at between 124,000 and 190,000.
Now, archaeologists in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have discovered major Zoroastrian tombs, dated to over 2,500 years ago. This unravelling is leading to startling controversial speculation about the religion’s origin. Read more.
In Australia these days, China seems to shadow the antipodean nation’s future. China’s appetite for natural resources has reshaped Australia’s economy, and the disruptive threat of its expanding navy has led Australian officials to approve the deployment of U.S. marines on Australian soil.
We hear far less about China’s role in the continent’s far past. But a team of amateur Australian archaeologists found a curious piece of evidence linking the Chinese to a much earlier age in Australia’s history. On a recent expedition to a remote island off the coast of the Northern Territory, the archaeologists, who call themselves the Past Masters, unearthed an 18th-century Qing dynasty coin. “It certainly shows the contact between Northern Australia and the trade with the Middle Kingdom, with China,” Mike Owen, a member of the expedition, told Australia’s ABC television network. Read more.
A 2,100-year-old mausoleum built for a king named Liu Fei has been discovered in modern-day Xuyi County in Jiangsu, China, archaeologists report.
Liu Fei died in 128 B.C. during the 26th year of his rule over a kingdom named Jiangdu, which was part of the Chinese empire.
Although the mausoleum had been plundered, archaeologists found that it still contained more than 10,000 artifacts, including treasures made of gold, silver, bronze, jade and lacquer. They also found several life-size chariot and dozens of smaller chariots. Read more.
Even as he conquered rival kingdoms to create the first united Chinese empire in 221 B.C., China’s First Emperor Qin Shihuang ordered the building of a glorious underground palace complex, mirroring his imperial capital near present-day Xi’an, that would last for an eternity.
To protect his underworld palaces, the First Emperor issued instructions that his imperial guard be replicated, down to the finest details, in red-brown terracotta clay, poised to do battle. Thousands of these imperial guards were initially discovered in 1974; some contained patches of pigment that had survived 22 centuries buried underground, along with minute remnants of binding media that had aided in the creation of this polychrome Terracotta Army.
Efforts to conserve, and perhaps even restore, these remarkable examples of sculpture in the round from the first empire have been hampered by the failure of a series of scientific experiments to pinpoint the binding material used in applying pigments to Qin Shihuang’s underground army. Read more.