Human remains, pottery found in China's 4,000 year old Dongzhao Ruins
Among the farmlands in the west suburbs of Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province, the Dongzhao Ruins, named as one of China's top archaeological discoveries of 2014, cover an area of more than 100 million square meters.
|Student Wang Hongchi of Archaeology at Zhengzhou University clears a tomb |
at the Dongzhao Ruins [Credit: IC]
The site is part of the Erlitou Bronze Age culture, which many Chinese scholars identify with the "Xia Dynasty" (c.2070 to c.1600 BC) recorded in much later accounts and legends.
|Wang Hongchi holds a reddish skull, which he says indicates the person suffered |
from serious illnesses before dying [Credit: IC]
There are no traps, supernatural guardians, or acrobatics here; just the long work of mapping and excavating the relics of ancient civilizations.
|Researchers and villagers work on the excavation site [Credit: IC]|
|An aerial view of an unearthed site of the Dongzhao Ruins [Credit: IC]|
The Zhengzhou Municipal Institute of Archaeology has been running this project from the beginning.
|Archaeology students interning at the site surround excavated remains of a large animal [Credit: IC]|
Many archaeology students from Zhengzhou and Beijing are working on the project as part of their training.
|Pottery figurines unearthed from an ancient tomb [Credit: IC]|
Source: Global Times [August 28, 2016]