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The winds of Han are expected to blow French viewers away.

The largest exhibition of Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) artifacts outside China will run in Paris in celebration of the 50 years of Sino-French diplomatic ties.

Art Exhibitions China, which is in charge of Chinese relics’ overseas displays, signed an agreement with Paris-based Guimet Museum last week to organize the show.

Splendors of Han, Flying of the Heavenly Empire (Splendeurs des Han, Essor de l’Empire Celeste) will exhibit 456 pieces from 27 Chinese museums from Oct 21 to March 1, 2015. Displays will include silk and gold pieces, and records written on wooden slips, Art Exhibitions China deputy director Yao An says. Read more.

NANJING — Archaeologists have discovered more than 100 Eastern Han Dynasty (24-220 AD) tombs in east China’s Jiangsu Province.

The graves in Pizhou City are mostly two meters long and a meter wide, They lie under a large pool and were found when the pool was drained, Ma Yongqiang, a researcher with the Institute of Archaeology of Nanjing Museum told Xinhua on Saturday.

Such a large cluster of Han tombs are a rare discovery and valuable for studies on funeral customs of the time. The tombs were buried only 20 to 30 centimeters beneath the earth and about two dozens have been plundered. Read more.

CHENGDU, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) — Chillies for a headache and a bull’s urine for jaundice: These are the latest deciphered messages of how Chinese people two millennia ago cured themselves, and their horses.

The 920 medical bamboo slips, together with other historical relics of the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC- 9 AD), were found in a subway construction site in Chengdu, capital city of southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

A total of 184 bamboo slips are said to be the “guidebook” for horse vets. The remaining 736 can be categorized into nine separate medical texts covering various domains.

According to Xie Tao, a research fellow with Chengdu’s archaeology institute, the books could be lost medical classics written by the successors of Bian Que, a medical pioneer from the 5th century B.C. 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.

Twenty ancient tombs have been discovered near the Three Gorges Reservoir in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, archaeologists said Saturday.

The tombs, which date back to the Han Dynasty (202 BC - AD 220), were discovered at the Ma’anshan Tomb Site on the bank of the Yangtze River in Fengdu County, according to the municipal cultural relics and archaeology institute.

Archaeologists have found more than 430 artifacts in the tombs, including pottery, bronze and iron ware.

The tombs and artifacts will help archaeologists gain greater insight into local funeral customs, as well as social and economic conditions during the Han Dynasty, the institute said.

The Three Gorges Reservoir is on the upper-middle reaches of the Yangtze, China’s longest river. (source)

JINAN: A 2,000-year-old bronze mirror workshop has been excavated in east China’s Shandong Province in the first such discovery in the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

Bai Yunxiang, deputy director of the archeological institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that more than 100 stone moulds along with foundry pits, wells and blastpipes were unearthed at a site in a village near Zibo City.   

The workshop is believed to have been active in the early period of the Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD), when the once-costly bronze mirrors gradually became household objects. Read more.

BEIJING: Archaeologists have excavated about 3,500kg of ancient coins in China’s Inner Mongolia Region, Xinhua reported on Sunday. Most of these coins were in prevalence during the Han dynasty (202 BC-220 AD). 

According to Lian Jilin, a researcher with the regional Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, the coins were found in three millennia-old coin pits in the ancient town of Huoluochaideng after police cracked three theft cases. 

Most of the coins were “Huoquan”, the coins commonly used in the Han dynasty (202 BC-220 AD), said Lian. 

Archaeologists also excavated over 100 casting moulds from the relics of a coin workshop. Read more.

In the first exhibition of its kind, the Fitzwilliam Museum will relate the story of the quest for immortality and struggle for imperial legitimacy in ancient China’s Han Dynasty.

The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China (May 5-November 11) will feature over 350 treasures in jade, gold, silver, bronze and ceramics in the largest and most important exhibition of ancient royal treasures ever to travel outside China.

The Han Dynasty established the basis for unified rule of China up to the present day. To maintain this hard-won empire the Han emperors had to engage in a constant struggle for power and legitimacy, with contests that took place on symbolic battlefields as much as on real ones. While written accounts provide an outline of these events, it is through the stunning archaeological discoveries of recent decades that the full drama and spectacle of this critical episode in Chinese history has been brought to life. Read more.