The discovery of ancient porcelain at a construction site in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, attracted hundreds of treasure hunters, Qianjiang Evening News reported on Wednesday.
The porcelain was probably produced in the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties and in the past month some 100 people went to the construction site at night to search for treasure.
On Tuesday afternoon, archaeologists from the city’s archaeology institute went to the construction site for further investigation and discussed protection plans with the builders. Read more.
HANGZHOU, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) Archaeologists in east China’s Zhejiang province unearthed 708 cultural relics from a cluster of tombs dating back to the Shang and Zhou dynasties as of the end of last year, sources with the provincial archaeological institution said Thursday.
Located in the Xiaoshan district of the provincial capital of Hangzhou, the tombs were found last March when evidence of grave robbers led local authorities to the tombs.
The relics retrieved from the 45 tombs include pottery and porcelain, according to Shi Jianong, curator of Xiaoshan Museum in Hangzhou.
The relics will provide vital research material for scientists who are studying the origin and craftsmanship of ancient Chinese porcelain, Shi said.
The tombs will also play an important role in research concerning funeral customs from the Shang and Zhou dynasties, Shi said. (source)