Archaeologists have excavated a set of stone shields in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region which they believe were used in sacrifices by nomads nearly 3,000 years ago.
The shields were discovered by Huahaizi (sea of flowers) Lake in the Altai mountains, which borders Mongolia. The lake shore meadow is home to huge stone relics, including what archaeologists believe to be the largest temple of sun on the Eurasian steppe. The area is strewn with numerous deer stones.
The shields are pentagonal stones, one with a circle carved in the center, surrounded by a herringbone pattern.
"Initial researches show the shields could date back to the late Bronze Age, roughly 3,000 years ago," said Lyu Enguo, researcher with Xinjiang’s archaeological institute. Read more.
An extinct species of tool-making humans apparently occupied a vast area in China as early as 1.7 million years ago, researchers say.
The human lineage evolved in Africa, with now-extinct species of humans dispersing away from their origin continent more than a million years before modern humans did. Scientists would like to learn more about when and where humans went to better understand what drove human evolution.
Researchers investigated the Nihewan Basin, which lies in a mountainous region about 90 miles (150 kilometers) west of Beijing. It holds more than 60 sites from the Stone Age, with thousands of stone tools found there since 1972 — relatively simple types, such as stone flakes altogether known as the Oldowan. Read more.
TAKASHIMA, Shiga Prefecture—Ancient molds for daggers with a double-ringed pommel and a straight blade, which have no precedent in Japan or even the nearby Korean Peninsula, have been unearthed at an archaeological site in this western city, cultural property officials said.
The Shiga Prefectural Association for Cultural Heritage said Aug. 8 the finds from the Kami-Goten site likely date from between 350 B.C. and A.D. 300.
Japanese archaeologists were astonished by the discovery as the artifacts bear a striking resemblance to finds in far-flung areas of northern China.
The two siltstone molds, each 30 centimeters long, 9 cm wide and 4 cm thick, were found overlapping each other. The designs allowed bladesmiths to cast both the handle and the blade as a single piece. Read more.
Beijing — Chinese archaeologists have unearthed relics, including an ancient copper mill, suggesting that prehistoric humans may have lived along the Silk Road long before it became a pivotal Eurasian trade route about 2,000 years ago.
A three year old excavation project in the ruins in northwest China”s Gansu Province has yielded evidence to show that people who lived on the west bank of the Heihe River 4,100 to 3,600 years ago were able to grow crops and smelt copper, the Chinese researchers said.
The site is believed to date back to the Han Dynasty (202 BC - AD 220).
Over the past three years, archaeologists have discovered a variety of copper items, as well as equipment used to smelt metal, said Chen Guoke, a researcher with the Gansu Provincial Institute of Archaeology. Read more.
BEIJING: Archaeologists have claimed to have discovered a rare bronze head with two faces and dating back to over 3,000 years, in a tomb complex in China’s Hubei province.
The sculpture featuring huge eyes, protruding cheekbones and horns has been unearthed from the Yejiashan Graveyard in Suizhou city, Xinhua reported.
The graveyard consists of a cluster of tombs believed to be related to the nobles during the early Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 B.C.).
Researchers finished excavating the graveyard on Thursday. Read more.
Ten pieces of ancient ceramics from the Qinglong town excavations will be restored and displayed at the Shanghai Museum by next June, reinforcing Shanghai’s history as a trading port from as early as the 7th century.
These are ceramics made in kilns from different parts of China including Changsha in Hunan province, Yue and Longquan both in today’s Zhejiang province, and Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province.
They were all excavated from Qinglong town at suburban Shanghai’s Qingpu district over a period in the past three years.
"The excavation from Qinglong town has shown us a picture of a once-prosperous town, of concentrated population and convenient transportation, in the Tang (AD 618-907) and Song dynasties (960-1279)," says Chen Xiejun, director of Shanghai Museum. Read more.
Beijing: China has installed sensors to monitor the ancient Buddhist grottoes in the northwest Gansu Province.
The devices will monitoring changes in temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide density and other conditions in the Bingling Temple Grottoes near Yongjing County from this month.
"The data will help us analyse the impact of visitors and weather on the caves’ environment," Shi Jingsong, head of an institute in-charge of protecting the grottoes, was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.
The precautionary measures will help protect the sites from potential damage.
Twenty of the temple’s 183 caves will be monitored, Shi said. Read more.
In Suizhou, in central China’s Hubei Province, a series of tombs in Yejiashan have been uncovered. As the excavation goes on, more and more cultural relics have been brought to light.
So far, more than 130 tombs have been found in Suizhou. Archaeologists believe they belonged to the lords of the Zeng State during the early Western Zhou Dynasty.
Among them, Tomb No. 28 is one of the largest. As archaeologists dig deeper, many buried items have been unearthed. The most eye-catching is the bronze ware, in large quantities and mostly in sets. Read more.